Jack Johnson of Team USA, a former Wolverine and currently a defenseman for the L.A. Kings, became the first active NHL player to march with his fellow Olympians at the opening ceremony. This article details the trouble Johnson went to in order to meet up with family and make it to the ceremony and back. Basically he spent a lot of money on a chartered plane.
"To have the opportunity to walk alongside the other Olympians from my country, and walk in the opening ceremonies is something I'll never forget. There was no way that I was going to let this opportunity slip by."