SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. The first time Jason LaBarbera returned to Vancouver to play, he was inundated with ticket requests from friends and family members.
I learned my lesson, said LaBarbera, who is from nearby Burnaby. I bought about 20 tickets and it cost me like three grand. I was like, yeah, no more of this.
Travel costs aside, the Coyotes annual trip through western Canada to play Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver often takes on a homecoming feel. Six current Coyotes are from Alberta or British Columbia. In addition to LaBarbera, captain Shane Doan is from Halkirk, Alta.; forward Kyle Chipchura is from Westlock, Alta.; forward Nick Johnson is from Calgary; and defensemen Derek Morris and David Schlemko are from Edmonton.
Maybe that helps explain why the Coyotes have historically had success on this trip, going 16-12-2 against these three opponents on the road over the past five seasons.
I dont know what it is, coach Dave Tippett said. Theres always an excitement about going to C...