The National Collegiate Hockey Conference asked players and coaches to begin quarantining from the general public one week before their scheduled departure to Omaha for the NCHC Pod.

For UND, that started Sunday.

So, that means no traditional Thanksgiving Day meals at homes of area UND hockey families, which would normally be the case.

Instead, UND coach Brad Berry said the team will eat a Thanksgiving Day meal in Ralph Engelstad Arena as a team.

"This is Thanksgiving week," Berry said earlier this week. "It's a week where normally, you're around your families and friends. It's a big day. This is a week where our family is going to be the North Dakota hockey family. This is where we're really going to hunker in and do some team building around our group here and have a really good Thanksgiving Day meal, and have a good chance to make sure we put our best foot forward getting into the bubble.

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"There's some sacrifices. We want to make sure there's a huge push for the next month and then maybe we can take a little bit of a breath for Christmas, and then get back in the second half again. There is a plan in place through the NCHC and through our team."

What's the plan for the holiday?

"It's going to consist of Thanksgiving Day meal here at The Ralph, and then, obviously, the two big NFL football games," Berry said. "Our guys love watching NFL football. They talk about it a lot. Since there's no NHL going on right now -- otherwise NHL would be at the top of the conversation -- everybody's going to be dialed in and watching football and spending time here together at the rink.

"We're going to have some good practices in and around Thanksgiving Day and then get on the bus on Sunday morning."

What's on the menu?

"The traditional," Berry said. "Turkey, potatoes, corn and all that good stuff. It's one of those things you fear when you play on that weekend, the tryptophan, or whatever you call it, as far as being sluggish for that Friday game. So, at least we'll have a couple of days where we'll work it out before we do play our game."

Being sluggish was not a problem last season.

UND played a rare Thanksgiving Day game -- the first in college hockey in nearly 20 years -- against rival Minnesota in Mariucci Arena. The Fighting Hawks crushed the Gophers 9-3, scoring more goals than any opponent ever in the history of Mariucci Arena, which opened in 1993.

Forward Grant Mismash, of Edina, Minn., had four points in that game, while forward Jordan Kawaguchi and defenseman Jacob Bernard-Docker each had three points.

Thanksgiving weekend games have become a staple for UND.

This year marks the first Thanksgiving weekend since 2005 that UND has not played a game.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Fighting Hawks are getting a late start to the season. The NCHC is set to begin the season with all eight teams heading to Omaha to play 40 games in 20 days -- 10 per team -- in Baxter Arena.

The Pod begins Dec. 1. UND's season-opening game is set for Dec. 2 against Miami.

"We've watched a couple of college hockey games on TV," Berry said. "We're up next."