Some teammates jetted halfway around the country to participate in the Olympics, others were heading out for vacations or time with family.
Erik Haula, the Minnesota Wild rookie forward, instead made the trip to Des Moines, Iowa to play with Minnesota's American Hockey League affiliate. Haula was the only NHL regular reassigned during the Olympic break.
Haula didn't sulk. He figured the reassignment was coming and welcomed the chance to keep playing during the two-plus week break. Haula embraced the chance to build on the momentum that has seen him play 25 games in the NHL already this season.
"I look at it as a huge plus," Haula said before the NHL break. "I get to go down there and get a lot of ice time and just stay in shape, just keep working on my game and hopefully after break I get to come back. If not, then I'll just keep working on my game and just wait for the opportunity again."
If he keeps up his pace, his next opportunity will come soon.