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Eichel has some suggestions as Sabres take their parents to Boston

In all honesty, it's not the most exciting destination for the annual parents' trip for Jack Eichel. After all, he's from Boston. So he and his dad will just be going home.

But it's not so much about the location as it is about the time spent together.

Over the last decade, NHL teams have developed the custom of the "parents' trip" where fathers, mothers, and other important family members get to spend extended time on the road. Players had family members in Buffalo on Thursday night for the team's game against the New York Islanders. The Sabres left after the game and had the day off in Boston to spend with their chosen family member, including a planned tour of Fenway Park on Friday.

They get back down to business on Saturday when they meet the Bruins in TD Garden at 7 p.m.

Eichel has plenty of suggestions for teammates and their parents about where to go and what to do. And while a day off in Boston isn't anything new for Eichel, the time with his dad is welcomed, even if he doesn't get to show his dad a nifty new NHL city.

"It's a lot of fun. I wouldn't say it's as sweet because he's just going home," Eichel said. "But I think any time we get to spend together it's fun. It's nice that it's in Boston because I'll have more people at the game than just my dad. It's enjoyable. Obviously I know the area well, so if anyone needs anything, let me know."

Kyle Okposo is bringing his father-in-law along for this trip and said the annual excursion is a way to say thank you to the people who sacrificed plenty in order for him to have a career in the NHL.

"It's just a really fun  opportunity for dads, grandparents, mentors, whoever it may be, to get a kind of day-in-the-life of what we go through on the road," Okposo said. "Just get a closer insight to daily life. A lot of those guys put a lot of hours into getting us here and it's fun for them to see and they really enjoy it."

For some of the family on the trip, it will be a chance to see what the current NHL life is like. It's the first time veteran defenseman Josh Gorges is bringing someone along and it will be his father-in-law Doug Morrison.

Morrison was a second-round draft pick of the Boston Bruins in 1979 and played 23 games with the Bruins, spending most of his pro hockey career in the American Hockey League and then in the International Hockey League.

"I think it will be cool for him to see what we do on a routine game-day basis," Gorges said. "He's a guy that actually played the game, that played pro hockey, so I'm sure he'll be excited to see how things have changed from when he played until now and it's just nice to be able to spend some time with family."

 

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