When the Conference Finals conclude and the Stanley Cup Finals matchup is announced every season, every hockey nut in the world goes through his own matchup analysis. Who has the edge in offense; defense; goaltenders? Which coach is better? Who has more experience? Will home-ice advantage be a factor?
They might go back and compare it to previous Cup Finals from years past. How did these two teams fare against each other when they met here 20 years ago?
But it's rare to ever consider that travel will be a factor. They all have private jets, anyhow, so how problematic can the trips between cities be after all? Well, in truth, some Finals have thousands of miles separating the two opponents and can be up to three or four time zones different. That can have a big effect on practice time and even the player's stamina and focus going into each game.
As we wait on the verge of the 84th Stanley Cup played for the NHL crown, the Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks have a bunch of long plane flights ahead of them as they prepare for their series that begins Wednesday.
So, we wondered, how does this matchup compare to all of the other Stanley Cup Finals matchups in history in terms of travel distance between the two teams? After scouring through history, we found that the Stanley Cup has had some major plane flights quite often over the years. But have any of the previous Finals seen two opponents as far apart as these two? Let's take a look.
Note: Distances are in miles and were calculated courtesy of GeoBytes.com's City Distance Tool.