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Wings want hockey back, just not on Christmas

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08:10 AM ET 12.10 | Yes, the Red Wings prefer to be playing hockey -- though not in a way that might threaten their holidays. The NHL hasn't played games on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day since the early '70s. Lockout aside, would the Red Wings like to see the holiday games come back? Most of the players at the Troy Sports Center Friday said no, they preferred to spend the holiday with family. "I don't like that at all, no one likes that," Dan Cleary said Friday. "That can't happen. I hope it doesn't." Told the NBA plays games on Christmas, Cleary said: "I don't care." Niklas Kronwall wouldn't like playing on the holiday. "Me personally, I love Christmas," he said. "It goes back to the traditions that we've had growing up."

Detroit Free Press

Dan Cleary, Icon Sports Dan Cleary, Icon Sports
December 10, 2012  08:21 AM ET

Gasp.....players want to spend time with family on Christmas? What a novel idea.

December 10, 2012  08:34 AM ET
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Gasp.....players want to spend time with family on Christmas? What a novel idea.

It is shocking isn't it?

Oh well, I doubt we'll have it back by then anyways...

December 10, 2012  08:35 AM ET

They'll all be home for Christmas.

December 10, 2012  08:37 AM ET

Yeah, to play or not to play on Dec 24 and 25 is the ONLY stumbling block preventing labor peace.

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December 10, 2012  09:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

They'll all be home for Christmas.

and New Years......and Valentines Day, and St. Patricks day.....plenty of time to enjoy family....

December 10, 2012  09:23 AM ET
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People who don't care: Nazem Kadri, Mike Cammalleri, Mike Brown, Dannylimes.

You forgot Jeff Halpren and Eric Nystrom Danny. And I guess Nail Yakupov too although he hasn't yet skated in the NHL.

December 10, 2012  09:29 AM ET
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People who don't care: Nazem Kadri, Mike Cammalleri, Mike Brown, Dannylimes.

This would make a good start to a joke.

So a Muslim, two Jews and a Leafs fan walk into a bar.........

.......please submit your creations. :-)

December 10, 2012  09:58 AM ET
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This would make a good start to a joke.So a Muslim, two Jews and a Leafs fan walk into a bar................please submit your creations. :-)

And the atheist ducked

December 10, 2012  10:06 AM ET

Cleary getting alot of facetime, instead of faceoffs.

December 10, 2012  10:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Gasp.....players want to spend time with family on Christmas? What a novel idea.

If they ever get back to playing hockey again, they may want to think about eliminating afternoon playoff games as well...the couple hundred fans they have don't want to be inside during a nice spring day watching a game when it's nice outside.

December 10, 2012  10:23 AM ET
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And the atheist ducked

I think that's the punchline to......

A certain Bruins fan walked into a bar.....

December 10, 2012  10:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

This would make a good start to a joke.So a Muslim, two Jews and a Leafs fan walk into a bar................please submit your creations. :-)

Well I'm sure only one of them was looking for ICE, which in this case means Immigration and Customs Enforcement so I can guess which one:)

December 10, 2012  10:53 AM ET
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I think that's the punchline to......A certain Bruins fan walked into a bar.....

c'mon, people in Boston don't drink

December 10, 2012  11:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Gasp.....players want to spend time with family on Christmas? What a novel idea.

Brodeur especially. Just not his (primary) family.

December 10, 2012  11:12 AM ET
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Yeah, to play or not to play on Dec 24 and 25 is the ONLY stumbling block preventing labor peace.

But............will they play on Boxing Day?

December 10, 2012  11:24 AM ET
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Brodeur especially. Just not his (primary) family.

He really should have played ball for Willie Stargell and the Pirates.

December 10, 2012  11:33 AM ET
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c'mon, people in Boston don't drink

He might have been looking for some Teamsters to harrass. :)

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