How the Lightning spent Thanksgiving
Lightning center Tyler Johnson said he and Ondrej Palat have had a tradition of hosting teammates on Thanksgiving dating back to their days in the AHL.
And Thursday's holiday was no exception, with about 10-12 Tampa Bay teammates heading to Johnson's Tampa home after practice for feasting and football. With so many leftovers, Johnson said they plan to give the rest to the area's homeless.
"So it worked out well," Johnson said. "A good time all-around."
Each player brought a dish, defenseman Jason Garrison saying half were homemade, the others store bought. Wing Alex Killorn earned rave reviews for his sweet potato mash. Garrison brought roasted brussels sprouts, cranberry sauce and pie. Palat's wife, Barbora, made the turkey.
"The turkey was phenomenal," Johnson said.
Johnson and Palat used to host in their apartments back in Syracuse, and in Tampa a couple years ago. Both own homes now, making hosting easier.
"It's a lot of fun," Johnson said. "Whoever doesn't have family here they can come over, spend some time, watch some football."
How do you top that?