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The Florida Panthers travel to Finland to play their season opener against Chicago. See what went into organizing this massive roadtrip.
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Hello and welcome to inside the Panthers I'm frank -- outside the hardball arena in Helsinki Finland. Total joke sort of the Finnish elite hockey league this is where the Florida Panthers began. The 20092010. Season what a four NHL teams chosen to take part in the league's premier series Detroit and Saint Louis played in Stockholm Sweden. The Panthers in Chicago Blackhawks based off here in Helsinki. After all of the country of about five and a half million people most of whom are rabid hockey fans. Things are proud people with a good sporting history homer of the 1952 Olympics. And renowned distance runners classic -- Popcorn or me but hockey reigns as the king of the Finnish sports scene. On the Hokies that number one export pipeline and responded ops while he. Practices. That are home again. Everybody follows a lot and I actually and it's no players. Like it beneath and it -- It. They're just there passing people -- -- -- for such a small area that with a number of great hockey players and this both. See if there's so far from. It was into this environment the campus we're headed spending eight days abroad with four games takes quite a bit of planning. The players will look -- matters it's a four game road trip but it was a little more than that for. Yeah mainly because you're not used to dealing with you know I don't know what to expect when you come over here. Portions of food are obviously different from meals. He had no idea what that the rooms -- right. We came over a month early to have a good thing checked with the NHL. To get a good idea it was a big help I mean planning on this stuff. After a grueling training camp schedules seven games in seven cities the cats equipment staff had less than 48 hours to prepare for Finland it's. Pretty big deal. We're always we always wanna be out. Prepared for everything that's thrown at us. They're -- gonna NHL rinks everything's been much providers who have each other's backs. But. Obviously moment. I I guess it's a little bit of fear of the unknown we really don't know what's on there like. You know they have officially leave my job we try to have prepared team. Well we can we'll take accept kissing your business. And quite on the menu. As the Panthers boarded their charter flight they settled in for the ten hour trip to Helsinki. Books and card games and especially dvds you don't computers for all popular -- -- After landing at 11 AM -- time just ninety minutes later the cats were on the ice for practice. The theory being trying to stay out instead of going to sleep. Right away. That is. You don't get carried out the playing very -- going again and then you know their ideas to stay up -- 11 o'clock tonight. Some of the guys that I was trying to convince them that this tragedy of the practices stay -- -- for the fifth. 11 o'clock tonight a couple of is that Saturday night -- -- -- -- got to be a problem it's gonna happen. But to survive the plane right particularly a the reasons -- you know what. Lost. Few seasons there you have to expect there and then. Both guys and woke up where there. So. Shortest and our -- I've ever been around pitcher. A lot of sleep. Practice was held in the case literally rings carved out of the rock beneath the main event more hardball arena. It can't feel what this -- Defensive current governor doesn't that was of the Disney World. Your town and the materials Broncos did a nice but never practice capable or so -- just -- -- -- fun -- would come over here experiencing different. In a different race and how they do things over here is so tough decision adjusting extra. The Panthers were one for NHL teams to begin the season in Europe and the chance to expose the organization to a wider audience. Well obviously countries have developed some of the innings killers though. It's really an opportunity for us to come to a hockey centric country. And for players who learn on your opinion were never adapted to be your -- to get a sense for their history the Europeans history European culture. I -- favorite when we all the -- players last year with the possibility coming. Unanimous. Enthusiasm about coming so that'll ever gonna give them an educational experience are also here with a lot of revisionist. It's usually its goals you know Booth who might come through and for sure is so -- the defendant and hold up those sorts -- -- you know. You know it can -- its aggressive and on something different than something you learn you can be humid per game. Team president Michael your mark met -- finish travel agents at a reception hosted by the Fort Lauderdale visitors and convention bureau. This is national platform for us and clearly were one of the first games historically you're going to and the NHL seasons so. From our perspective we're gonna get a lot of national exposure a lot of regional exposure and quite frankly from the South Florida. You know we're gonna be a little more couple mornings so from a marketing perspective it's very very often. Your market other team executives were also invited to the US embassy by newly appointed ambassador -- -- -- NHL come to. Them guys do more to promote. America and almost video and these guys occupation.