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Turkey Mites back on Capitals ice as part of Thanksgiving tradition

After a hiatus due to the pandemic, kids playing in costume were back in full force

by Lauren Merola @laurmerola / NHL.com Staff Writer

The Washington Capitals cutest Thanksgiving tradition is back.

After a long hiatus due to COVID-19, the Turkey Mites are again competing on the Capitals ice.

Fans from youth teams dressed up like turkeys and played a short game of hockey against one another, each wearing a different number on their back feathers, during a Capitals game break against the Montreal Canadiens at Capital One Arena on Thanksgiving Eve.

Tweet from @Capitals: AFTER TWO YEARS IT'S FINALLY BACK!!! IT'S TURKEY MITES!! 🦃#CapsGiving pic.twitter.com/7hC4dtOx8q

The Capitals mascot, a bald eagle named Slapshot, dropped the first puck at center ice, and the refs had their own special turkey uniforms, too.

Thankfully, there was no fowl play.

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