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by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes
Only Santa Claus spent more time traveling this Christmas season than Coyotes forward Kevin Porter.

The Coyotes recalled Porter from the American Hockey League on Dec. 21, then reassigned him to the AHL on Dec. 24, then recalled him back to Phoenix on Dec. 27.
Kevin Porter

Here’s a quick breakdown of Porter’s recent journeys:

Dec. 21: Porter, en route home to Detroit for Christmas after an AHL game in Chicago, gets a call from Coyotes Assistant General Manager Brad Treliving who tells Porter he’s been recalled and to get to Phoenix ASAP the next day. Porter continues driving to Detroit and has a holiday dinner with his family at Roast, the restaurant where his brother Jeff works as an intern chef.

Dec. 22: Porter awakes around 5 a.m. and takes a flight from Detroit to Phoenix. He arrives in time for practice, but his equipment does not so he practices using other players’ equipment.

Dec. 23: Porter goes to the morning skate and then is a healthy scratch for the game against Anaheim. After the game, Porter is told he is being reassigned to the AHL.

Dec. 24: Porter flies back to Detroit and spends what’s left of Christmas Eve and part of Christmas Day with his family.

Dec. 25: Porter tries to fly from Detroit to San Antonio, via stops in Chicago and Dallas, to rejoin his AHL team. Because of airline delays, Porter misses connecting flights to San Antonio and spends the night in Dallas with AHL teammates Brett MacLean and Sean Sullivan.

Dec: 26: After sleeping for only about three hours, Porter gets up early and flies from Dallas to San Antonio. Porter’s equipment again is lagging behind him so he is unable to practice with teammates that morning. Porter’s AHL team – the San Antonio Rampage – then drives to Houston for a game that night. Porter’s equipment arrives shortly before the puck drops and he is able to play. After the game, Porter gets a call from Treliving who tells him he has again been recalled to Phoenix. The Rampage drive back to San Antonio around 2 a.m.

Dec. 27: Porter awakes around 6:30 a.m. and takes a flight from San Antonio to Phoenix. He goes directly from the airport to Arena and practices with the Coyotes. Later in the day, Porter flies with the team to San Jose.

“It was very hectic,” Porter said. “Traveling is part of my job and sometimes that’s just the way it goes… I’ve been on so many flights the past few days that sometimes you wake up a little groggy and not knowing where you’re at for a second. But it was worth it. Being with this team is where I want to be.”

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