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By the numbers

The nitty gritty of the road trip

Thursday, 28.01.2010 / 4:05 PM / Features
By Derek Jory
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By the numbers

Are we there yet?

Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault won’t have to put up with any whining during his team’s 14-game, 13-city, 42-day road trip, but it won’t be all sunshine and lollipops.

To help put the expedition in context, here’s a look at the raw numbers of the longest road trip in NHL history:


11 – Road games for the Calgary Flames during 1988 Winter Olympics.

14
– Consecutive road games for the Canucks during the 2010 Winter Olympics.

8 – Games in 18 days prior to the 2010 Games.

6 – Games in nine days post-Olympics.

13 – Non game-days (not including Olympic break).

42 – Percent of overall travel taking place over the final nine days.

15 – Total flights.

49,315 – Estimated number of commercial flights around the world per day.

3 – Time zones visited (9 East, 3 Central, 2 Mountain).

300
– Sticks en route with the Canucks.

3 – Sets of back-to-back games (two in the second half of the trip).

13
– North American cities the Canucks will visit (Columbus twice).

42 – Days away from General Motors Place, aka The Garage.

8 – Games: the previous Canucks record for longest road trip (02.21.1975 - 03.05.1975).

11 – Games: the previous NHL record for longest road trip (Calgary in '88, Philadelphia in '05-'06).

28 – Points up for grabs during this trip.

10-11-1 – Vancouver's current road record.

20,737
– Total kilometers to be traveled (11,608 first half, 9,129 second half).

12,861 – Total miles to be traveled (7,153 first half, 5,707 second half).

5,000 – Approximate length of Canada from West to East, in kilometers.

40,075 – Approximate length of Earth's equator, in kilometers.

160
– Kilometers driven during trip (Montreal to Ottawa).

3,343 – Longest single stretch, in kilometers (Vancouver to Toronto).

160 – Shortest single stretch, in kilometers (Montreal to Ottawa).

4,147 – Hours it would take the average person to walk Vancouver's road trip.

1,574,803 – Number of Oreos it would take to map out the trip (cookies placed one after the other). (editor's note - these stats were compiled by a writer. Writers don't do numbers. If you believe this stat is wrong, it probably is. The words are good though).

26,958
– Amount, in Canadian dollars, to take a taxi from start to finish of trip (not including tip).

30:37:00 – Total flight time (16:35:00 first half, 13:42:00 second half).

3.5 – Number of times the Canucks could watch War and Peace as an in-flight movie (it has the 12th longest run time of any movie ever).

1,975 – Number of times the Canucks could watch YouTube smash hit Charlie Bit my Finger as in-flight entertainment (that really hurt Char-lay and it's still hurtin').

505,175
– Number of words the average player could read while in the air.

4.3 – Number of times a player could read the first Twilight book to pass the time.

0 – Number that will read Twilight.

26 – Relieved Canucks upon returning home on March 10.