Between having to quarantine and trying to keep busy in a pandemic-paused season, it was the last thing Graeme Clarke needed: a paperwork mix-up that almost caused another delay in a year defined by them.
The Devils prospect, a third-round pick (80th overall) from the 2019 NHL Draft, was heading to Slovakia last month with his younger brother, Brandt, to play in that country's pro league.
An obtuse Air Canada check-in agent had other ideas.
The circuitous journey - Ottawa-Toronto-Frankfurt-Vienna by air, then a bus trip over the border to Slovakia - raised eyebrows because the Clarke brothers lacked Austrian paperwork.
Their father, Chris, finally convinced the agent that their final destination was Slovakia, for which the boys had the proper paperwork, and not Austria.
They were allowed through.