The holiday season can be a lonely time, especially for foreign-born players who are living away from their families and are unfamiliar with the local celebrations. They can be especially lonely if you’re Andre Burakovsky, who–despite dropping so many hints that the Capitals cleaning staff will be picking them up until Christmas–didn’t manage to wrangle an invite to Thanksgiving dinner.
Samantha Pell of the Washington Post interviewed foreign players, including Burakovsky, about their Thanksgiving plans. “When I live in America I guess I have to follow the traditions and the holidays,” Burakovsky said, “so I haven’t really planned anything yet.”
John Carlson‘s family, however, had made plans. Carlson posted a picture of him, his wife Gina, and their youngest son Rudy celebrating. Burakovsky–and captain Alex Ovechkin–both left comments making sure the Carlsons know that their Caps family felt left out.