Summer is usually travel time for the hockey's coveted Stanley Cup as players and coaches on the NHL championship team are all afforded one day to show off the Stanley Cup in family, community and hometown gatherings. But this summer the Cup is round-tripping between Toronto and Edmonton as 24 teams converge on those NHL hub cities hosting postseason play to determine a title winner by early October.
But, hey, that doesn't mean our new Summer of Stanley series, presented by Alaska Airlines, can't take you on smooth, entertaining rides as the best playoffs in sports unfold in the weeks ahead. Just the opposite. This series' itinerary includes weekly landings in Toronto and Edmonton, with the last two postseason rounds, the conference finals and the Stanley Cup Final, played exclusively in Edmonton-where the Kraken's official airline partner has been flying since 1995.
Look for stories beyond the scores about top-quality hockey (in August and September!), plus some looks back at memorable trips for the long tradition of Stanley Cup celebrations. Like a star NHL player rushing up ice to make a winning play, we are first in line to take off with this Thursday's debut of Summer of Stanley, presented by Alaska Airlines.