DALLAS — The winless trip to Canada for the Three-Game Trip to Canada.They were even more miserable on their return journey, as the charter plane they were flying had to stop just before takeoff. They had to wait six hour for another plane.
Rick Bowness has been traveling with the NHL for over 47 years as a player or coach. He said Saturday night that until Friday when the team was departing Calgary, he'd never felt afraid.
“We're going full throttle on the runway. Full throttle. Then suddenly (the captain), slams the brakes. Bowness explained that everything is flying everywhere, almost like you aren't expecting them,” Bowness told the team before their home game against the. “We think that we are going this way.” Then suddenly, we stop.
Bowness, a 67-year old coach, made his NHL debut in December 1975. He said that the captain reported initially that everything was under control. The next announcement was that there was smoke in the cockpit following de-icing.
The playoff-contending Stars were defeated by Calgary on Thursday night. It was their third consecutive loss. The Stars had to wait in Phoenix for another plane to transport them back to Texas. They also had to go through customs again.
Bowness reported that the team left their hotel at 8:30 a.m. on Friday. At 3:30 AM Saturday, the coach went to bed at his Texas home. The Stars cancelled their morning skating.
Dallas is two seasons away from making the Stanley Cup Finals. In the 2020 postseason bubble Dallas has battled back from a slow start in order to compete in the crowded Western Conference. At Saturday's start, the Stars were in second place in the West's wild-card slots. If that holds they will play the finals.In the first round.
This report was compiled by the Associated Press.