Roughly translated: Michael Rasmussen got stuck at the Zurich, Switzerland airport for two days

Red Wings prospect Michael Rasmussen has joined the Graz 99ers ahead of their Friday home game against the Dornbirn Bulldogs. The Kronen Zeitung Steiermark’s Christoph Kothgasser has the answer as to why Rasmussen’s arrival in Graz was delaye, and what follows is roughly translated from German:

On the way to Graz: Like Tom Hanks! 99ers-Star sat in Airport fest

It seems impossible! The new 99ers ice hockey star Michael Rasmussen didn’t stand on the ice for the first time until Thursday instead of Tuesday, as was hoped. The NHL forward, who was loaned from Detroit to Styria from the Detroit Red Wings, was stuck at the airport for two days. And he should have felt like he was in the wrong movie…

The scenery was almost Hollywood-like. Like film actor Tom Hanks, who was unable to continue traveling in the film “Terminal” (2004) due to bureaucratic problems and had to remodel the airport into his short-term home, so did new-99ers ice hockey player Michael Rasmussen recently.

The Canadian was simply unlucky. His intermediate flight did not go from Brussels (Belgium) to Vienna (Austria), as planned, but instead, via Zurich (Switzerland). However, the NHL forward should never have been allowed to enter Switzerland due to the coronavirus and travel regulations. That became a real problem for the authorities. The 21-year-old was not allowed to leave the airport premises and was virtually locked in at the terminal. Ultimately, after hours of phone calls, a solution was found. And so the new NHL star will take part in practice for the 99ers for the first time [today]. He’s already eagerly awaited…

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