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Sharks Players Recall Past Thanksgivings

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
Canadian Thanksgiving has already passed, but a couple of American players recall their Thanksgivings past. It's a work day for the Sharks as the club had a planned practice and flight to Canada.

What was Thanksgiving like when you were growing up as a kid and how did you celebrate?
I come from a pretty big family on both sides so there have always been two Christmases and two Thanksgivings. We usually try to tie everything into one day. We would go to one grandparent’s house for a while, then go to the other one. It’s also reindeer hunting season in Wisconsin. That’s a big part of Thanksgiving. There are a lot of hunters in the state. Once in a while we’d go hunting as well.

Favorite Thanksgiving memories: 
Spending time with family. Especially being out here now, I don’t see them as much. I try to get my Thanksgivings in via Skype or on the phone. It’s a cool holiday and it’s fun to touch in when you can. The meals are always fun. It’s a fun day with a lot of food and family. My favorite Thanksgiving foods are turkey, stuffing and rolls.

How do you celebrate Thanksgiving during the season?
It just depends on the schedule. My first two years here we had Thanksgiving off, so I was able to have dinner at someone’s house. The last three years we’ve been on the road, so as a team maybe we’re having Thanksgiving on the plane.

How did you celebrate with your family growing up?
There’s a road race in my hometown called the “Feaster Five” so we would run that in the morning and then have Thanksgiving dinner later on. It’s about a five mile race. It was pretty cool, you can get sponsored or run for a cause.
Later on when I was in high school in Massachusetts, I’d play in the big rivalry football game on Thanksgiving morning. Getting up early and going to play in my last football game of the season was cool.

How do you celebrate during the season?
It was easier in college because I was 20 minutes away and could go home for Thanksgiving. Even last year I was in Worcester I was only 45 minutes from my house and I could go home. This year is a little different. We’re actually going on a road trip so this will be my first time away from home for Thanksgiving. I don’t really know what to expect. I don’t know what they’re going to do (for the meal) we’ll see.

What are you most thankful for?
I’m most thankful for my friends and family and all the support I’ve had. I’m far away from them now but I talk to them on the phone a lot. Keeping in touch with them is probably what I’m most thankful for.

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