American Thanksgiving vs. Canadian Thanksgiving - 11-22-12

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Turkey, pilgrims and family are all the ingredients of Thanksgiving.

With the exception of football, they're also the components of Canada's version of the holiday which is celebrated on the second Monday in October.

There are some differences aside from the date however. Earlier this week, members of the Penguins who hail from Canada talked about the two versions of the holiday.

Tyler Kennedy, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario - "We don’t play a Turkey Bowl which is a big thing here. I think Americans make it a little bigger occasion than back home (in Canada). Back home, it’s Thanksgiving but its not as big as it is here."

Sidney Crosby, Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia - "Oh yeah. It’s a little tougher to get a turkey in October here. A smaller turkey for myself, I had to go to a couple of places when I was looking in October for Canadian Thanksgiving. They weren’t stocked up like they are now. I went to a couple different Giant Eagles. I was looking for a smaller one but they had bigger ones. They said their selection would be better in a month."

Marc-Andre Fleury, Sorel, Quebec - "Back home, it’s not that big of a deal. Once a year, we try to get together with the other teammates. Even then, it’s not as big of a deal as it is here. We might eat pizza one night."

(Note: The holiday is not widely celebrated in Quebec.)

Chris Kunitz, Regina, Saskatchewan. - "I don’t think so. I think just depending on where you are in North America, depending on the culture, it could be spicy. Some things in the Northeast are a little different. But other than that, I think every body is pretty basic and enjoys turkey."

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