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The Adirondack Phantoms will be in St. John's, Newfoundland this weekend to take on the St. John's IceCaps, the AHL affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets. It's a typical 7:30 p.m. local start on Friday, but the Phantoms are already preparing to leave Glens Falls today.
Yes, it's Tuesday.
Yes, St. John's is in the middle of nowhere.
The full itinerary is just ridiculous: The Phantoms had practice at the Glens Falls Civic Center at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. They'll return to the GFCC and board a bus at 7 p.m Tuesday on their way to Montreal. After the three-hour drive, they'll board up in a hotel for the evening before a morning flight to St. John's. The flight, if it's direct, takes at least two hours.
The Phantoms will practice at Mile One Centre in St. John's on Thursday morning and Friday morning. There's a really weird 1.5 hour time difference between Eastern Daylight Time and Newfoundland Daylight Time, meaning the 7:30 p.m. local start will be a 6 p.m. start in the Eastern Time Zone.
Practice Saturday morning, another game Saturday evening. Sunday is a full travel day with the flight back to Montreal and the bus trip home to Glens Falls.
Every team that plays the IceCaps in Newfoundland has to do this, and every time the IceCaps play on the road, they have to do the same to leave. Keep in mind that the Phantoms are one of the closest teams to St. John's geographically, too. Awful travel.