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My Hometown: Al Montoya

The Illinois native dishes on his hometown

by @canadiensmtl /

While the Habs may call Montreal home during the season, they'll never forget where they came from. Long before Al Montoya first hit the ice in the NHL, he was taking his first strides toward stardom back home in Chicago, IL. Check out Monty's insider guide to the must-sees back in his hometown.

Chicago, IL

Population: 2, 722 389

Best place to go shopping:

The Magnificent Mile - You can't really miss. It attracts people from all around the world. You won't see me there much, but that's where I'll send you.

The city is famous for…:

Springtime / Summertime - When you get out on the river, get out on a boat on Lake Michigan and enjoy the city at the same time.

Favorite Restaurant:

Lou Malnati's Pizzeria - It's phenomenal. You can't go wrong. They do delivery now through the mail, which is even tougher on the body. But, my favorite hole-in-the-wall is Sarkis Café. You've got to go up to Evanston to find it. If you do, have the Loretta.

Best Hangout spot:

Anywhere outside - Everyone is holed up during the winter, but once the spring and summer come, you appreciate every single beautiful day. It's probably not much different than Montreal.

Home Arena as a kid:

Glenview Ice Center - I grew up across the street from the rink. It's still a fabulous rink, developing young players and helping the community. It's somewhere I stop every single summer.

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