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Panthers pilots are asked by Edmonton Airport not to land in Edmonton


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Sam Jones
June 13, 2024  (5:25 PM)
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Panthers pilots are being asked by Edmonton Airport not to land in Edmonton
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Yesterday's travel plans for the Florida Panthers hit an unexpected snag as their flight to Edmonton was plagued by severe weather delays.

The situation quickly turned from frustrating to humorous, thanks to some playful banter from Edmonton's Air Traffic Controllers.
In a video shared by Sportsnet, the air traffic team was heard making light of the Panthers' predicament. "I've got about a two hour hold for you, or whatever it would take for you to be low enough on fuel that you will have to divert from Edmonton. Mention it to your passengers, maybe they'll figure it out," one controller joked, adding a twist of humor to the delay.
This exchange not only highlighted the camaraderie often found in stressful situations but also underscored the cultural impact of hockey in Canada, where even air traffic controllers join in the sports banter.
Other voices over the air traffic radio were captured laughing about the situation and speculating on its potential impact on the upcoming game. The lighthearted interactions reflect how deeply intertwined hockey is with Canadian culture, often spilling over into everyday conversations and interactions.
Panthers coach Paul Maurice reveals how the flight delay affected the team
The delays led to widespread speculation about their potential effects on the team's performance, especially with a critical game on the horizon.
Panthers coach Paul Maurice addressed these concerns head-on. Contrary to the swirling rumors, he confirmed that the primary impact was rather mundane, affecting only the coaching staff's meal plans. "The only thing it affected was the coaching staff's diet," Maurice stated, downplaying the delay's effect on the team's preparedness.
Tonight, the Edmonton Oilers are set to capitalize on any advantage they can muster, including the potential fatigue of their opponents and the spirited support from the fans at Rogers Place. With the stakes high, it's a pivotal night for the Oilers, requiring a concerted effort from the entire team to secure a win.
As the situation
unfolds, both teams are faced with not just the challenge of each other, but also the unpredictable elements of nature and travel that can sway the course of the playoffs.
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