Ryan Stanton would pull off the highway every few hours to give his pregnant wife, Kirsten, a chance to stretch her legs.

That’s usually when Kirsten and her mother-in-law would switch places to tend to the Stantons’ 18-month-old daughter in the backseat of the pickup truck during a 27-hour drive from Southern California to St. Albert, Alberta. The trip came after the coronavirus pandemic put the American Hockey League season on hold last week.

“It’s something we’ll remember forever, that’s for sure,” said Stanton, an Ontario Reign defenseman.

Pulling a U-Haul trailer behind him, and with his dog Ralph squeezed into the cab, too, Stanton elected to drive home rather than risk his wife be exposed to COVID-19 by flying home from a crowded airport.


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