TCH: Americans endure marathon bus trip


By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald

The Tri-City Americans’ bus had mechanical issues Wednesday morning, delaying the team’s departure time to Prince George. But no matter how you slice it, it is one long bus trip to northern British Columbia.

“It’s a five movie trip, and that’s just one way,” said Americans coach Jim Hiller. “We were delayed about an hour and a half, but it didn’t affect us much. It’s just a long day. A lot of pavement and trees.”

The team crossed the border at Osoyoos, then traveled through Kelowna and Kamloops on BC 97 before making a stop for dinner in Williams Lake, the hometown of former Americans goalie Carey Price. The team then hopped back on the bus for the last 150 miles of the trip, arriving at their destination at 1 a.m.

The Americans completed the first half of their Central Division swing the first week of November, going all the way to Medicine Hat, Alberta. But on the road, or as the crow flies, the trip to Prince George still is two hours longer.



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