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This upcoming season, the Dallas Stars will have the most extensive travel schedule of any team. The league average is a shade less than 40,000 miles for the season, but the Stars will travel nearly 50,000 miles.
When you take a look at the Flyers' travel schedule, it is almost half the distance (27,541).
They are a professional team, so it isn’t like they are all piling on a bus and taking a nine-hour trek through the backwoods of Oklahoma for a game.
Still, the changing of time zones, being in a city for only two days and crossing the continent in a matter of days is pretty taxing, especially when they have to play one of the most physically demanding and punishing sports in the interim.
From December 4-15, the Stars will play six games starting in Vancouver and ending in San Jose.
The first three games of that trip include a trip from Vancouver that moves east to Calgary and north to Edmonton, all in a span of six days. After that, the team goes to Los Angeles to face the Kings.
Add going through customs and the general problems that come with being in an airport, and the players will never have a lot of time to relax.
The travel schedule might even tire the players out more so than the actual games.
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