Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver were the Edmonton Oilers road stops in the pre-season. In the regular season, there was a short plane ride back to the West Coast before the team embarked on its first longer getaway of the season.
Chicago, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh - in that order. Leave on a Wednesday, and come back on a Wednesday. It's nothing new really new to any of the Oilers, except for one: Kailer Yamamoto. The rookie is getting his first chance to live life on the road in the NHL.
"It's the same, but different," said the quiet and well-spoken rookie. It is the same in that he's playing hockey. He's done it every fall and winter for as long as he can remember. Rink, hotel, bus over and over again. What's different is the addition of a plane and the locations. Trade small, homey, and heart-warming communities across the prairies and in the United States for large, upscale centres full of people and places to go. There has been a lot to experience for Yamamoto, which includes life on the road.