The goal was to plan a trip around Europe to watch hockey games.
The EuroHockey website has schedules for possibly every hockey league around the world (yeah, not only Euro), thus I grabbed data about matches in the top continental leagues scheduled between September and December.
Then I opened my friend R.
As a first pass, I calculated distances between each pair of games scheduled in consecutive days and filtered down to those within reasonable travel time--thus, sorry Admiral, I'm not gonna come to Vladivostok.
Then I recursively combined the pairs to obtain longer trips and added some subjective scores to rank the calculated trips to my likings.
The main parameters I used to rank my trips were:
- Short travel distances between cities;
- Trips with games from multiple leagues to be preferred;
- A ranking of the leagues (e.g. priority to KHL games);
- Starting and ending point of the trip possibly close to home (so that I can go just by train/bus).
Clicking on the icons will show games (and make sure to zoom on Prague, as I'll be there both for KHL and Extraliga).
View Max EHT 2013 games only in a larger map
Thus, starting from December 1, I'll be around 5 European countries to catch 8 games in 8 days, featuring 14 teams from 5 leagues, in 7 different cities.
Maybe I'll blog about it. Or maybe not.