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Teams departing for Stanley Cup Qualifiers say goodbyes, find stowaways

Players take off for bubble cities Toronto, Edmonton and share farewell messages

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / Staff Writer

NHL teams departed for Stanley Cup Qualifiers on Sunday, but not before saying some special goodbyes.

Players and teams took to social media before heading out to their respective bubbles and the results ranged from super stylish to downright adorable.

Florida Panthers forward Noel Acciari shared a picture of his newborn boy, Greyson Drew, sitting inside his backpack on the day the team left for Toronto for 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers. 

Acciari posted the adorable photo, where he was holding Greyson half inside one of his bags and called his newborn son, born July 7, a "stowaway."

Instagram from @noelacciari: Acciari's son wants to go.

Players and teams took to social media on Sunday to say goodbye to their families as play is set to resume on Saturday.

Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy jokingly wanted his dog to be added to the roster. He shared a picture of his pup hiding in his luggage.

Tweet from @CMcAvoy44: #LetOttoCome

The Toronto Maple Leafs were more than ready for the influx of the world's greatest hockey players.

Tweet from @MapleLeafs: Welcome @NHL 👋

The New York Islanders were more than ready for life in the bubble.

Tweet from @NYIslanders: Bubble life HERE WE COME!

The Pittsburgh Penguins, Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Rangers all hopped their flights north.

Tweet from @penguins: Let's do this.

Tweet from @BlueJacketsNHL: Heading Up North 🛫

Tweet from @NYRangers: You can find us in the hub.

The Chicago Blackhawks might have needed some extra luggage to bring along all of Duncan Keith's hair.

Tweet from @NHLBlackhawks: w h o i s h e Jk it���s the reigning King of Flow @DuncanKeith

The Minnesota Wild put on their suits. Track suits.

Tweet from @mnwild: Suits? Tracksuits 🔥MSP ������ EDM #mnwild | #LetsPlayHockey

The Winnipeg Jets., Calgary Flames and Montreal Canadiens didn't even need their passports.

Tweet from @NHLJets: To the bubble! ������ Thanks to our friends at @AirCanada for flying us there safely!

Tweet from @NHLFlames: And we off!Next stop: Edmonton!

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: 📍 Toronto#GoHabsGo

The 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers begin Saturday.

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