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Once upon a time, the NHL played on Christmas

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12-25-2012, 07:55 PM
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Once upon a time, the NHL played on Christmas

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=648263

1971 was the last time the league played on Christmas Day.

1972 was the last time the league played on Christmas Eve.

Now, all that remains are records.

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http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=648263

1971 was the last time the league played on Christmas Day.

1972 was the last time the league played on Christmas Eve.

Now, all that remains are records.

Well, they aren't playing Christmas or any other December day this year.

I understand why they have a couple days off at Christmas, it is so all players can spend a few days with their family, Christmas being such a big deal particularly for the guys with young kids that road trips can take them away from for weeks at a time.

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I've never understood why the NFL and NBA have games on Christmas. Good on the NHL for having some priorities.

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I've never understood why the NFL and NBA have games on Christmas. Good on the NHL for having some priorities.

The NFL doesn't have many. Last year christmas day fell on a sunday and there was only one game. This year christmas eve fell on a monday but they did not schedule a monday nighter that week.



I don't mean to veer the topic but is the PA the reason the NHL doesn't play on christmas anymore? Did they at one point get it into the CBA that they can not schedule christmas games anymore? If that is the case than it's possible that with decertification, they could schedule december 25th games next year.

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Once upon a time, the NHL played.

Seriously, it wouldn't kill the pro leagues to take say five days off for holidays.

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I've never understood why the NFL and NBA have games on Christmas.
Nothing else on TV. For the NBA it's their signature day of the schedule.

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I don't mean to veer the topic but is the PA the reason the NHL doesn't play on christmas anymore? Did they at one point get it into the CBA that they can not schedule christmas games anymore? If that is the case than it's possible that with decertification, they could schedule december 25th games next year.
Holiday break is part of CBA. (So, it's negotiated.)

Regardless of the union status, the league would have to negotiate a CBA with some representative of the players. (If the owners think they can make $$ with Christmas games, they may put it in. However, I think the ingrained "family time" with hockey folks may mean a low turn out. I always cringe when I see hockey games on Easter morning (usually playoffs).

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I wonder if there is a decertification next year, could we potentially see the NHL load up the schedule on december 25th and 26th?

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Nothing else on TV. For the NBA it's their signature day of the schedule.
Yep... the same reason the NFL plays on Thanksgiving and the NHL has played big games on New Year's Eve and Day for years. It's a great idea.

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