May 29, 2004
©Pensacola News Journal
The Tampa Bay Lightning traveled Friday to Calgary after tying the Stanley Cup finals at one game each with a 4-1 win Thursday at home. Lightning reserve goaltender Brian Eklund said Friday that his team must get a least a split on the Flames’ home ice before heading back to Florida. Eklund, a Pensacola Ice Pilot the past two seasons, is writing a daily Stanley Cup diary for the Pensacola News Journal.
It was a long flight (to Calgary) to say the least, but it was pretty good. We ended up getting the Dallas Mavericks’ plane. It was a pretty comfortable, top-notch plane.
It was a regular commercial plane with all first-class seats. Every two chairs had a TV and about 12 movies to select from. You don’t have to worry about just having peanuts — they had soups, salads, even a steak if you wanted. The flight attendants treat you very well.
(The Ice Pilots) have a charter plane, but it couldn’t make it on one tank of gas. It was a five-hour flight to get out here.