TAMPA — Zach Bogosian rushed home after Thursday’s practice.
For the second year in a row, the Lightning defense is hosting a Thanksgiving dinner for the team. Ultimately, he expected about 33 guests (22 teammates and spouses, and about 11 children) to attend.
“I always enjoy having the whole team here,” Bogosian said after the morning’s practice. “I love to cook, I love to grill, I love gatherings, so it’s very easy for us. We all get together and have fun. …
“We have a very close group so it’s very easy to get together. It’s usually quite a game where everyone hangs out. So I get everyone together and watch football. Put it on and have a nice day.”
The stuffing is already prepared at Bogosian’s house. Menu items include turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, sweet potato casserole, and green bean casserole. Some teammates bring offerings, including Victor Hedmann and his family, who are expected to bring Swedish side dishes.
Bogosian also uses dinner as an opportunity to showcase his grilling skills. Like last year, he plans to serve his two turkeys. One cooks in the oven and the other he cooks wood pellets on his grill.
“I use Trager (grill) a lot, so I’m pretty biased,” Bogosian said. “Last year we had two of the larger turkeys he had and got good reviews for Trager’s turkeys. Hopefully that’s the case this year as well.”
Bogosian is one of seven American players currently on the Lightning’s roster. However, it is also a chance to deepen the bonds of the team.
“Many of us are away from our families,” he said. “We don’t have a locally-raised Tampa player here, so whenever we have the opportunity to get together over the holiday season and create a family atmosphere, that’s really big for the team.”
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