Planes, buses and hotels: A tale of transitioning a hockey team’s itinerary on the fly

TAMPA - In the span of 90 minutes time on Sunday the entire Tampa Bay Lightning traveling party went from preparing to depart for a game in New Jersey to uncertainty of why the departure was delayed to pivoting to a new destination.
In the COVID era of professional sports, every day brings about the element of the unexpected. But getting an NHL team from one city to the next on an hour's notice is a new kind of challenge.
But the manner in which the Tampa Bay Lightning ended up in Buffalo late Sunday afternoon as if it was just another travel day seems almost impossible. How it was pulled off ...


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