It was a delayed plane that prevented Oilers recall Brad Hunt from joining Edmonton’s line-up in Calgary Sunday night.
The five-foot-nine, 187-pound defenceman, called up from the Bakersfield Condors, said he hoped to make an impact and contribute in the Battle of Alberta game before he was suddenly prevented from doing so.
“I was pumped,” said Hunt. “I was all ready to go — ate properly throughout the day — and then got on the plane and get off the plane and still in Denver.”
Mechanical issues with the plane caused his flight to be delayed a number of times until the airline decided to cancel it altogether.
Hunt said that as the day wore on he recognized that he wouldn’t be playing that night, but managed to focus on the positives.
“I mean at least it was at Denver airport where there’s lots of good places to eat,” he joked. “I watched [the game] a little bit on my iPad on the NHL app but I just saw the first period and then I got on the plane right to Edmonton, so I couldn’t watch it on the plane.”