A Caps Thanksgiving, Sans Chitlins
First of all, I realize you all know this, but Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving on the second Monday of October. Have every year since 1931, except in 1935, with its great Oct. 24 controversy.
The pulse of the Caps' dressing room indicated that hockey-playing Canadians don't feel particularly passionate about either the American or Canadian Thanksgiving, and weren't exactly sure where the Canadian Thanksgiving falls on the calendar, although in many cases they celebrate both. I learned this while the Magic iPod played Ice Cube's Greatest Hits and Johnny Cash. Eclectic bunch, these Caps.
Anyhow, I sort of wondered why the Canadian Caps would celebrate the American thanksgiving, and Shaone Morrisonn sort of provided the best answer.
"Why not?" he said. "We're not in Canada for Thanksgiving, so we might as well have it here."
Makes sense. As far as menus....
American Chris Clark said he'll have "turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, normal stuff." (And Kim, I asked what happened to his teeth that got knocked out, and he said he wasn't sure. He said maybe some were left in the dressing room or the dentist removed some, but he doesn't know for sure where they are.)
Steve Eminger said "I had tacos one time."
Brian Sutherby is making an executive decision not to celebrate the holiday, and instead is going to see Cirque du Soleil.
Jamie Heward is all into American Thanksgiving, and plans a day full of of turkey and ham and stuffing and American football and all that. Although he says it's probably best not to eat too much turkey on the day before a game. He's even inviting some of the younger players over, although many have made their own plans. Matt Bradley, for example, is going for dinner at Matt Pettinger's house.
American Ben Clymer, on the other hand, is hosting his father, who arrives from out of town today. Ben's original plan was the Capital Grille, but he found out they're closed tomorrow. They'll find another restaurant; Ben doesn't want his dad to have to cook.
American Brian Pothier, who celebrated the Canadian Thanksgiving when he played up north, is a traditionalist: "We'll do the whole thing," he promised; "Turkey, fall asleep on the couch, watch football, go outside and throw the ball around, come back inside and watch the second half, have turkey sandwiches for dinner."
And rapidly rising Bog fave Bryan Muir had the most elaborate plans of anyone: "I'm going to give thanks and appreciate what the Pilgrims did for us," he promised. "My wife's gone, I don't have a car, I don't have a couch. It'll be a good day for me....I might go out. I might go to Boston Market. Boston Market's good, they've got a nice spread. I'm sure they'll put a nice turkey spread on me for Thanksgiving. I won't have to clean up any dishes. It'll be awesome."
As for chitlins, no one admitted having ever tried them. It's just not a very Southern crowd.
"Never heard about it," Muir said. "I don't really want to hear about it, if it's intestines. But I'll chew on some deer antlers."
[Edit: The Thrashers have just one player with an American birthplace, Michigan's Jim Slater, although he said several teammates have dual citizenship. After tonight's game, the Thrashers head directly to Tampa for a game Friday night. Chris Clark said he's had a strong run of Thanksgivings at home, but Slater said it's been about a decade for him, ever since he started going away to tournaments at the age of 13 or 14.
"I can't remember the last time I had a Thanksgiving with family or anything like that," he said. "If I can find a restaurant that's open, I'll celebrate that way. It's just a matter of finding a group of guys, going out to eat and getting turkey and stuffing. You know, everyone likes to eat on this team, and everyone likes a turkey dinner."]
November 22, 2006; 11:57 AM ET
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