Patrik Allvin was stranded.
Allvin was in his native Sweden, but needed to be in Minsk, Belarus for the 2010 World Under-18 Championship. However, a smoke cloud emerged over the Nordic countries after the volcano Eyjafjallajokull erupted in Iceland that grounded all flights.
Allvin, Pittsburgh's European scout at the time, joined eight other scouts in a scheme to get to Minsk. They took an overnight ferry from Stockholm to Latvia. From there, the group arranged to have two cars pick them up and drive them eight hours to Minsk.