For the members of the locked out NHL workforce that have decided to join new teams during the labor disagreement, many have immersed themselves in unfamiliar, engrossing surroundings.
Winnipegs Tobias Enstrom and New Jerseys David Clarkson fled to Salzburg, Austria and now drive near Mozart statues and past gardens depicted in The Sound of Music while on the way to the rink. Vancouvers Cory Schneider, recently signed by Ambri-Piotta of Switzerlands National League A, will now travel to work by navigating through narrow valleys dominated by towering peaks and glacial waterfalls in the middle of the Alps.
Kyle Clifford, who won a Stanley Cup as a member of the 2011-12 Los Angeles Kings, is in Ontario.
Not his native province of Ontario where he grew up in the quaint village of Ayr, a 90-minute drive west of Toronto but the suburban community of Ontario, Calif., where he has joined the ECHLs Ontario Reign for an indefinite stay as the leagues owners and NHLPA work on constructin...