The Buffalo Sabres concluded their annual parents trip on Thursday, for which each player was allowed to invite one parent or mentor as the team traveled to Nashville and Dallas. Sabres.com caught up with three players to ask what the trip meant to them.
Zach Bogosian: It's been great. It's my dad's second trip. We did one in Winnipeg together. They enjoy it. We enjoy it. It's been a fun atmosphere. Obviously getting the two points in Nashville makes it even better. It's almost like a 'Thank You' to what they've done for our entire lives - sacrificing and everything that they've done for us.
None of us would be in the position that we're in now without the support of everyone here. And it's not just dads. It's moms and fathers-in-law and people like that. It's been fun to meet some of the other guys' parents and it's been a fun vibe around the room and on the plane and everything. You can see that they really enjoy it. It's rewarding for us to see them enjoy it and make sure that they're having fun with it. It's been good.
Cody Franson: It's awesome. My dad's dream was to play in the NHL so for me to be able to share this with him is time we'll never forget. Getting to bring him on the plane - the nice charters - and stay in the nice hotels, coming from our small town, that's not necessarily what we grew up knowing. To be able to get to do this kind of stuff with him is a lot of fun.
He got to come up one time when I was in Nashville but on the fathers trips he's been on, this is the third one in Nashville. So he knows Nashville quite well. It's been a lot of fun for us. We're big music people. It's always fun doing the fathers trip and when it's in Nashville, it's a special thing for us.
Justin Falk: You know, here you have the hour and a half plane ride and that's kind of like the hour car ride after the game. I'm a dad now too, and when my boy is old enough to get into hockey I'm sure I'll be throwing out the same pointers and tips and constructive criticism that we've been fortunate to have all these years.