NHL players enjoy Holiday off

DETROIT (KRT) -- While the NFL and NBA both played on Christmas Day, the NHL rested.

Not one game or practice took place Saturday or Sunday, allowing players to enjoy 48 hours delighting in life's simple pleasures.

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock sees the upside to having a break over Christmas, but he realizes there's a reason the NBA and NFL both play.

"Obviously if the TV demand was there for the NHL we'd play on Christmas, and I'm hoping one day it's going to be there," Babcock said. "In saying that, it's totally self-serving--I have young children and you'd like to spend Christmas with them. It's a big deal."

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