Well, American Thanksgiving for the Boston Bruins would’ve been a lot more enjoyable had they pulled out last night’s game in Buffalo. But even a winning-streak-breaking loss to Buffalo couldn’t stop defenseman Aaron Ward’s holiday spirit today.
The veteran and his 5-year-old son Liam were scheduled to make visits to four charitable organizations and deliver 160 turkeys for Thanksgiving — total weight, two tons.
It’s no surprise that Ward would be involved in such an endeavor. Although he’s Canadian-born, he makes no bones about his love for his adopted home country, which is the birth place of his wife and his kids. And celebrating Thanksgiving is one of the perks that comes with living and playing in the U.S.
“It’s huge. It’s a green light to go pig out,” Ward told me this week. “Hopefully, (head coach) Claude (Julien) doesn’t have weigh-in before the game Friday.”
Ward expected to have a bunch of family visit today to join him for a feast and plenty of football watching.
“It’s time well spent. Your kids, they get it. So I’m looking forward to it.”