Vancouver Canucks: What Their American Players Are Thankful for on Thanksgiving
In the United States, Thanksgiving is coming up on Thursday. Now, I realize that American Thanksgiving may not have much relevance here in Vancouver.
In fact, Robin Scherbatsky from How I Met Your Mother may have summed it up perfectly in this scene.
However, our neighbours to the south take their Thanksgiving holiday very seriously and since there are six players on the Canucks who were born in the United States, I figured it would be nice to find out what they are thankful for.
So without further ado, let’s take a sneak peek into the homes of David Booth, Ryan Kesler, Chris Higgins, Keith Ballard, Andrew Alberts and Cory Schneider to see what they are thanking the lord for as we move closer to American Thanksgiving.
Note: These prayers are not real and are not meant to be taken seriously
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Thank you for giving me the opportunity to work in a city where people actually appreciate my profession. I am gracious for the praise and recognition I have received while playing hockey here in Vancouver.
I would also like to thank you for blessing me with my great Zach Morris-like hair and looks that the women in Vancouver seem to enjoy.
Finally, I am thankful to now be working in an area of the world that’s much closer to the wilderness. Perhaps when I’m not busy helping the Canucks on their Stanley Cup quest, I can escape a few hours northeast of here to hunt in the Cariboo region of British Columbia. I am an avid hunter and I am thankful to work just a short drive away from a lovely wilderness area.
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Thank you for blessing my family and me with this feast. I am particularly thankful for being blessed me with a fast metabolism, which has helped me achieve my dream of being an All-Star NHL hockey player, along with my other dream of becoming a professional nude model.
I’d also like to thank you for the invention of the airbrush, which has helped my modelling portfolio.
Finally, I’d like to thank Zdeno Chara for also posing nude in ESPN The Magazine because he’s taken the heat off of me for our match-up with the Boston Bruins on January 7th. They can’t possibly trash-talk me about being photographed naked when their captain did the same thing, can they?
Thank you for blessing me with more stability in my professional career. Over the past three years, I have worked in five different cities and I am thankful that I now have a multi-year contract to work in the great city of Vancouver.
I'm also thankful that Vancouverites tend to recognize their hockey players when they're out in public. As a result of this, I can enjoy the benefits of partying in a hockey market where I'm taken care of almost everywhere I go, much like I was in Montreal.
Thank you for blessing me with good health, even in spite of my recent back injury. In particular, I’d like to thank you for giving me steel hips, as I use these hips quite often in my field of work.
I’d also like to thank you for fresh starts. As you may know, I didn’t make the best impression on my coach last season and I am thankful that the slate was wiped clean at the start of this season.
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Thank you for blessing me with a second chance. When I first arrived in Vancouver in the spring of 2010, I was not greeted kindly by the fans due to my subpar play and sloppy turnovers. I feel fortunate that the Canucks and the hockey fans of Vancouver have given me a second chance and I believe I have earned their trust over the last year.
However, what I am most thankful for is the ability to grow a great moustache. I feel blessed to have this physical trait, especially considering some men are not as fortunate in this area.
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Thank you for creating the Jennings award. Without it, I would have received little recognition outside the city of Vancouver for my play as a back-up goaltender last season.
I am also thankful for being blessed with patience. It’s this patience that has helped me through the many games where I have been forced to watch from the bench as someone else does my job for me.
I live by the saying that good things come to those who wait and I have faith that one day my opportunity come as a full-time starting goaltender.
Hopefully all the Canucks who are celebrating American Thanksgiving on Thursday have a wonderful holiday.
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