• Thu. Aug 11th, 2022

Part 1 (30-21) – Athletics

(This is the first in a three-part series. Click here for part 2. And click here for part 3.)

Do you like Penguins? Are you feeling adventurous? Did this annoying global pandemic make you want to include travel in your future plans?

You have come to the right place. The NHL has finally released its 2021-2022 schedule – it’s undoubtedly an exhausting process, but it seems to take longer each year – and the Penguins will be playing all NHL arenas once again this season. Have you never taken a road trip to observe penguins? If so, is Columbus the only place you’ve visited (we hear about it often)?

We have what you need. Rob Rossi and I (Josh Yohe) have visited every NHL town in our many years on the Penguins beat. We can give you the highlights, the places to avoid, the right (and not the right) stories and more. We’re not including Seattle in this edition of the travel guide just because we haven’t been there for a game yet, but it has all the makings of being a top 10 destination.

Here is the formula for this adventure. Each category receives 1 to 10 points:

Hockey atmosphere: do fans of this city like hockey? It makes a difference.

Weather: In February, going somewhere warm has its advantages.

Ancillary activities: Good museums? Good place to take the kids? How much does this place have to offer?

Debauchery: Maybe you are young, single and looking to mingle.