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by George Malik on 12/14/13 at 02:26 AM ET
The Red Wings' "off day" involved bad news in terms of Jimmy Howard's knee, good news regarding the statuses of Henrik Zetterberg, Darren Helm and Danny DeKeyser, and significant charitable contributions in the literal and figurative senses by both members of the Wings team, front office and the team that is the Metro Detroit community at large, as DetroitRedWings.com's Andrea Nelson noted:
The sweet, familiar sound of The Salvation Army bells and holiday music filled the air Friday night while customers bustled in and out of Hiller’s Market in Northville.
But the line to give donations to the charity was unusually long, as coach Mike Babcock and general manager Ken Holland teamed up to ring bells for the annual Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign.
“Salvation Army is obviously an organization that’s supported people in need and local community maybe 100 years or more,” Holland said. “A great organization, great people and we just felt that after the first year or two that it’s something we wanted to do year after year after year because it helps create awareness, there’s a lot of people in need especially in our community. It’s always nice to be able to get back.”
Continued, and while Nelson reports that Helm, Justin Abdelkader, Darren Helm, Gustav Nyquist, Brendan Smith, Jonas Gustavsson and Stephen Weiss were also ringing bells for the campaign, you might not be surprised to find out that the coach and GM always "win" the "competition."
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