In many households, Thanksgiving is a time for family. And families for whom violence is not inevitable over the holidays can get their fix the day after Thanksgiving with today's 7:05 p.m. hockey matchup at the Independence Events Center (19100 East Valley View Parkway, Independence), where the Missouri Mavericks take on the Wichita Thunder. Wish you could body-check the fellow Target patron who took the last toy that your child really wanted? Wish you could elbow your sister after yet another long, pointless story about her cats? Want to pull the shirt off your father's back because he simply will not get off your back about your life choices? Let your repressed rage curdle when you find a vicarious thrill seeing a minor-league hockey brawl. Tickets start at $13.75. Call 816-252-7825 or see missourimavericks.com for details.