Pre Trip Planning
March 12, 2015
This trip was in the making for over ten years, a trip which was on my “wish list” for many years, and time (and cost) were the biggest reasons to put it off. I finally made the decision to make the trip in the fall of 2014, with the idea to catch an NHL game in each different city for the last 30 games of the regular season.
There were many highlight games along the way, including stops in each of the “original six” cities, which included a Bruins game on St. Patrick’s Day. The first game of my trip took place at Nassau Coliseum, which was the last year the Islanders played in this building, and the last game of my trip took place on Saturday April 11th in Toronto, for a matchup with the Montreal Canadiens, a game which was broadcast on Hockey Night on Canada.
In order to give you an idea of the planning, here’s a map I created on my rumpus room floor, which shows the location of each NHL city. This map was helpful in making the travel plans, as I looked for ways to keep the travel miles to a reasonable limit. All told, I traveled approximately 24,000 miles (38,000 km), crossing the border a total of eight times, taking 27 flights, one train, and two trips by automobile in making my way from city to city. This trip was a fundraiser for Make-A-Wish, and approximately $43,000.00 was raised. All costs associated with this trip were my own, so 100% of all donations went directly to Make-A-Wish.
Picked up a copy of calgary hockey saw your article sounds like a great trip . I’ve done trips to different nhl rinks always had a great time . I see you are in calgary on March 25 , I am a season ticket holder for 34 years here if you are interested I could take you to the game here .
Thanks very much for the very kind offer! Calgary is one of the few stops where I already have company, but once again, thanks for the invite!
I think your trip is awesome, and hope you have a great trip, I can only dream of such a trip and if I won the Lotto, this would be the first thing on my bucket list.
Again Good Luck
Thanks for your well wishes Frank! I’m currently at the airport, and waiting to board for my long flight to New York! Can’t wait to see the first game! And 29 more!!
Have a great time Rob…..safe travels
Thanks Greg! I’m starting to believe I’m having a great time! 🙂
Winnipeg welcomes you and your great cause. Enjoy the game and the great atmosphere at the MTS Centre.