Mon. Nov 28th, 2022

TAMPA — Zach Bogosian was in a rush to get residence after observe Thursday.

For the second straight 12 months, the Lightning defenseman is internet hosting Thanksgiving dinner for the workforce. Finally depend, he anticipated round 33 visitors — 22 teammates and spouses, and round 11 youngsters — to attend.

“I’ve all the time loved when the entire workforce comes over,” Bogosian mentioned following morning observe. “I like cooking, I like grilling, I like having a get-together, so it’s a fairly straightforward no-brainer on our half. We get pleasure from getting everybody collectively. …

“We do have a very shut group so it makes get-togethers fairly straightforward. Everybody’s normally fairly recreation to hang around. So I’ll get everybody collectively and watch some soccer. Hearth up some meals and have day.”

The stuffing is already ready on the Bogosian residence. Among the many gadgets on the menu will likely be turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, candy potato casserole and inexperienced bean casserole. Some teammates will convey choices, together with Victor Hedman and his household, who’re anticipated to convey a Swedish facet dish.

Bogosian additionally makes use of the dinner as a chance to indicate off his grilling abilities. Like final 12 months, he plans to serve two turkeys, one cooked within the oven and the opposite on his wood-pellet grill.

“I’m normally fairly biased in the direction of the Traeger (grill) one as a result of I take advantage of it a lot,” Bogosian mentioned. “Final 12 months, we did two greater turkeys and bought good evaluations on the Traeger one. So hopefully, that’s the identical case this 12 months.”

Bogosian is one in all seven Individuals at present on the Lightning’s roster, so many gamers didn’t historically rejoice Thanksgiving rising up. But it surely’s nonetheless a chance for workforce bonding.

“A whole lot of us are away from our households,” he mentioned. “There’s no home-grown Tampa gamers right here, so anytime you get an opportunity to get collectively for the vacations, create that household environment, it’s actually massive for the workforce.”

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