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Thanksgiving Away from Home

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks

This Thanksgiving the Sharks are thankful to be a top the NHL and lead the league in goals scored. Most importantly, they are thankful for all of their amazing fans.

Usually every year people go visit their families and loved ones to celebrate Thanksgiving. But when you’re a professional hockey player you tend to miss out on holidays with the family. So on Wednesday prior to morning skate caught up with a couple of Sharks players to learn more about their family’s traditions and what they will be missing this year.

31–year- old Jed Ortmeyer grew up spending his holidays with family in Nebraska.

“We spent thanksgiving in Nebraska where my grandparents live” said right wing Ortmeyer. “ We would go to church in the morning and then everyone would go to the gymnasium and eat together.”

“The farmer’s wives would make the food, deserts and everything,” continued Ortmeyer. “It was served buffet style. You walk through the line and grab your food and sit down. We would then go home, watch some football and come back to have dinner the same way.”

Prior to signing with San Jose as a free agent on July 16, Ortmeyer spent two seasons with the Nashville Predators and three seasons with the New York Rangers. This season, the defensive-minded forward has notched seven points (4-3=7) in 25 games. But playing in San Jose puts him half-way across the country from his family back in Nebraska.  

 “It was fun and you always looked forward to it.” Ortmeyer continued, “You get the chance to hang out with cousins and family that you typically aren’t able to see.”

195lb Sharks center Joe Pavelski spent the majority of his holidays with family in Wisconsin.

“We would stop over at the grandparent’s house on my dad’s side. It was more for snacks and leftovers and to see family.”

Pavelski also played his college hockey for the University of Wisconsin

“We would do another day for my mom’s side of the family.”

We here at the San Jose Sharks would like to wish you and your family and very happy and safe Thanksgiving!

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