The Panthers spent almost 10 hours stuck in the Winnipeg airport's international terminal on Friday as their charter jet was grounded.
A replacement couldn't be found locally – or closely – so the team had to wait it out as a replacement was sent empty from South Florida.
The Panthers, who left their hotel around 8 a.m. CST, didn't arrive in Fort Lauderdale until after 11 p.m. EST.
The team was allowed to wander the concourse or
hang out on the grounded plane during the lengthy delay but that was all they were allowed to do since they had already cleared U.S. customs.
The team's charter company tried borrowing the Heat's plane since it was fairly close by in Salt Lake City, but since the Heat was leaving for Los Angeles after Friday's game against the Jazz, the timing wouldn't work.
As an insult to injury, the televisions in the concourse were tuned to a headline news channel that showed replays of Thursday's 7-0 loss to the Jets every 15 minutes or so.
The news channel also used the Florida feed, making play-by-play voice Steve Goldstein cringe every 15 minutes or so as he called the Jets score time after time.
“There were a lot of cards, a lot of talking. Some guys fell asleep on the plane and passed their time that way,'' Erik Gudbranson said.
“I watched a few movies myself. The power was on the plane so the laptops stayed charged up.''