While the Sharks roster is not made up entirely of Americans, virtually all players will take part in the American holiday in some form or another.
Captain Patrick Marleau
is Canadian, but married to an American, so he gets the comforts of the food, but not of having to clean up his own house.
“We go over to her mom’s,” said Marleau.
For Christian Ehrhoff and Steve Bernier, they have their own tradition started in San Jose.
“A nice couple we met at The Sharks Foundation golf tournament invites us over every year,” said Bernier.
However, the couple that hosts them didn’t grow up with Thanksgiving.
“They’re Danish, but they’ve lived here for 35 years,” said Ehrhoff.
Other Sharks are grouping up for the event.
“I’ve got Joe Thornton
and the Rivets coming over,” said Curtis Brown. “With my kids and Craig’s kids, there might be more action than our game Saturday night.”
For American Joe Pavelski
he and his significant other will keep it simple for themselves.
“We’ll cook a turkey, actually she will,” said Pavelski. “We’ve got our pumpkin pie. It will be fun.”
For Pavelski, a Wisconsin native, the tradition of Thanksgiving football will be just as important.
“The Packers are playing Detroit and I’ll have to keep close tabs on the TV, especially with the way they’ve been playing this year,” said Pavelski.
The recently re-signed Matt Carle will not have a complete family reunion, but will have some home guests for the holiday.
“My dad and my brother are here,” said Carle, whose middle brother visiting is currently playing at Shattuck-St. Mary’s. “He has to go back, but my dad will be here Saturday.”
Czech winger Milan Michalek will keep his new American traditions alive on Thursday.
“I’m going to be with the family I stayed with during my first year,” said Michalek. “Maybe Vlasic will be there too. We go there every year and they are really nice.”
Michalek is not shy about his fondness of the American holiday.
“They have a lot of good food and we eat a lot,” said Michalek. “Thanksgiving was the first time I had pumpkin pie and I love it.”
Sharks Head Coach Ron Wilson showed how much of a traditionalist he is by stating his sports viewing habits, even with NHL games on the docket.
“I’m a traditionalist,” said Wilson. “I’ll watch football.”
Wilson also noted that he handles cooking the turkey.
Whether Thanksgiving is a deep rooted holiday or a new-found celebration, all the Sharks player and staff will be taking the day off to relax with family and friends.
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