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Planning the ultimate hockey trip for the 2014/15 season
NEW YORK — The National Hockey League released the entire schedule for the 2014/15 season a few months ago, so hockey fans across the country are raring to go. As a hockey fan, you no doubt revel in the cheering crowds, the energy and the general rowdiness present in hockey stadiums. There is nothing quite like the feeling of watching a live hockey game, witnessing the aggression and the adrenaline first-hand.
However, if you want to make the most out of the hockey season, you need to carefully plan your schedule. There are numerous games stretching from October to April, and while you may not attend all of them, you can still have lots of fun at the few you will get to attend.
The key to enjoying the hockey season involves making a diary of all the games you want to attend. This will help you to get an idea of all the cities and towns you will need to travel to as well as assist you in drawing up a budget.
Planning the trip
As a hockey fan, you just cannot miss some big games: the Canadiens at Maple Leafs in Toronto, for instance, promises to be a thriller, renewing old rivalries. There are others scattered throughout the duration of the season, including the Sharks at Kings in Los Angeles in October, and the Rangers at Lightning game in November.
Once you have listed down all the games you wish to be part of, it is time to make your travel plans. You need to know how to get to the various cities. Will you drive or fly there? If you are thinking of flying, you need to choose a suitable airline and book your seats early enough. US Airways flies to most of the cities where the hockey games will be held and has some very affordable ticket prices.
In case you plan to travel by road, you need to factor in gas prices as well as the time you will spend on the road. Road trips are enjoyable if done with a large group of people. You might want to consider joining a group of hockey fans or talking your friends into going on the trips.
Accommodation is another headache you have to deal with as you travel to the hockey games. If you are planning to stay in a hotel, ensure you make your reservations early. Accommodation tends to be scarce as the game day approaches and prices can shoot up overnight, so plan well to avoid this. You can save on costs by couch surfing or sharing with your friends.
When planning for these trips, it is essential to consider how much you will be spending on game tickets and memorabilia. It is advisable to pre-buy tickets online well before the games to avoid disappointment. Additionally, when drawing your budget, set aside some money to spend on jerseys, pucks, helmets and other souvenirs.
Finally, do remember to eat well and stay hydrated as you city-hop to catch the games. After all, if you neglect your health you will not be able to enjoy the hockey season and all your plans will go to waste.