Former ECHL All-Star forward Justin Bourne is writing a seven-part series called “A Hockey Player’s Life 24/7/365” for MaxHockey.com.
There’s bus travel, and there’s plane travel.
Now, my opinion on travel is heavily biased. I played for the University of Alaska Anchorage. Not sure if you’re up on college hockey or not, but that’s in Alaska.
This meant that in order to play our road games, we had to travel to the “lower 48″, as it’s affectionately known in AK. It takes roughly five hours to fly down to Minneapolis, our usual hub, and almost six to get home. That six feels like 11 after two losses, six beers and a four a.m. wake-up call. I should know.
I simply want to point out that my cynical, seething thoughts on travel are not shared by all players; my opinion has just been a tad tainted. I’m sure there’s a few folks who play on the east coast in the NHL whose travel complaints include poorly cooked filet’s and a lack of cable television channels, but those guys can cram it. I’m talking about reality.
Click here to read the third installment of “A Hockey Player’s Life 24/7/365”.
Bourne, who is injured and unable to play at this time, played in the 2008 ECHL All-Star Game and had 31 points (16g-15a) in 50 regular season games and two goals in 13 Kelly Cup Playoff games for the Utah Grizzlies as a rookie in 2007-08. He also played in American Hockey League where he had five points (2g-3a) in 16 games for Bridgeport.
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