Randy's Thought of the Day - 12/24/2013

Tuesday, 12.24.2013 / 4:52 PM PT
By Randy Hahn - Sharks Broadcaster / Great White Bites
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On this Christmas Eve 2013 I want to take a moment to thank the NHL Players Association and the National Hockey League. Thank you for agreeing not to play games on December 24, 25 and 26th.

For as long as I’ve been working in the league there have never been games on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. The last time the NHL played on Christmas Eve was 1972 and there haven’t been games on Christmas Day since 1971. Under the new collective bargaining agreement the holiday break is now 3 full days. I think it’s an excellent decision.

Christmas is a time for families to gather and share time together. That goes for hockey players, coaches, trainers, broadcasters, referees, arena employees and everyone else connected with working in the game. I get it that some fans would like to kick back and watch games over the holidays but the NBA pretty much has December 25th to themselves and there are inevitably already college bowl games and the occasional NFL tilt. And you can now get your hockey fix anyway watching the always-compelling World Junior Hockey Tournament that is now televised live in the US on the NHL Network.

The league has already successfully determined that New Years Day will be it’s day to shine with the Winter Classic. Why play at Christmas?

The NHL’s players especially welcome the three-day break. The regular season is a grind, especially when the schedule is compacted due to the Winter Olympic Games, as it is this year.

So enjoy your Christmas holiday whether it has spiritual significance for you or not. It’s a time to enjoy those we care about and love most. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays and we’ll look forward to December 27th in Phoenix against the Desert Dogs!

I’m Randy Hahn for sjsharks.com


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