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Sometimes, simplicity is all you need for a successful Puck Daddy Reader Art Contest submission. And Clay B.'s ode to Darren Pang's unfortunate request that P.K. Subban do things the "white way." Check the song titles ... clever.

Yes, indeed, it's the first batch of entries for Puck Daddy's NHL Holiday Greeting Card/Holiday Song contest, in which we asked you to create cards and tunes for this joyous season that are infected with snark and cynicism about hockey. And, as usually, you delivered!

To reset the contest: Create the quintessential Holiday Hockey Greeting Card, incorporating the iconography of the season's significant occasions (Christmas, Hanukah, the Winter Solstice for the Pagans in the audience). Email your entries to puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com.

Or, if you dare, create and record an original (or parody) Christmas Song that involves the NHL. Send it to us or upload it YouTube; just let us know about it so we can (a) include it in the contest and (b) play it on Puck Daddy Radio this month. Hint: The time and effort put into the Christmas song will be weighed slightly more than a Photoshop.

Prizes? OK then:

First Place: An NHL HD Flip Cam, courtesy of Flip. You pick the team. Not a bad little prize, that one.

Second Place: Hockeywear from NIKE Hockey; winner gets his or her choice of a few items. Courtesy of NIKE Hockey.

Third Place: From Warner Home Entertainment and the NHL, it's the "10 Greatest Games" DVD box sets for the Chicago Blackhawks and the Washington Capitals.

Fourth Place: Via 2K Sports, a copy of NHL 2K11 featuring our pal Ryan Kesler(notes) on the cover.

So two ways to enter, and enter as often as you'd like (PG-13 Content Warning, as always). The deadline for submissions is Friday, Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. EST/3 p.m. PST.

And now, Gallery 1 of our contest. Enjoy ...

And here ... we ... go.

My, how things have changed. We received a few dozen entries that featured the New Jersey Devils and Ilya Kovalchuk(notes), affirming their status as the NHL's laughing stock this season. Here's Alan W. with a Kovalchukian effort.

Our buddy 'yakovmironov' of Puckineh.com had a few strong efforts, but this "A Christmas Story" tribute to the healthy of New York Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro(notes) is really inspired. Garth Snow: "YOU USED ALL THE GLUE ON PURPOSE!"

Rounding out the NY area teams, Joe H. presents the Sean Avery(notes) sloppy seconds card. We love the cards that including an inside-the-fold punchline, for the realism.

I Saw Mommy Reading Puck Daddy from Greg Wyshynski on Vimeo.

The first song entry we received was from Brian F. from Cleveland. It's called "I Saw Mommy Reading Puck Daddy." Sadly, it doesn't end with Leahy getting any cougar action.

The classic Gary Coleman/Mark Messier moment gets the holiday treatment from Mark M. WHATCHU TALKIN' ABOUT SANTA? (And why can I almost see your ... nevermind.)

The Toronto Maple Leafs advent calendar from Clay B., who also did the Pang card at the top. Is that bird taking a dump on Ronnie's head?

More Leafs snark from Brian S., by way of the Boston Bruins. The Spoke'd 'B' snowflakes are a lovely touch. And look, there's room for another jersey on the ground next summer!

"Every Blackhawk down in Wrigleyville liked Christmas a lot, but the Pronger, who lived just East of Wrigleyville - did not. The Pronger hated Christmas - the whole Christmas season. Now, please don't ask why; no one quite knows the reason. It could be, perhaps, that his elbows were too active? Or it could be that his head wasn't screwed on just right. But I think that the most likely reason of all may have been that his skirt was two sizes too small ..." (Via Jon B.)

And Edmonton Oilers Christmas card, by way of the passionate, franchise-craving fans of Quebec. Thanks, Cale P.!

Your inevitable Sidney Crosby(notes)/Alex Ovechkin/Pittsburgh Penguins/Washington Capitals holiday card. Which is actually rather well done, chock full of jokes and features an amazing holiday sweater. Thanks, Alex T.

Maybe we're sticklers for snark on the Devils this season, but this Jay B. take on the Santa Claus/Coca-Cola ad is fantastic and one of our early favorites.

And finally ...

The Dan Ellis Christmas Song from Greg Wyshynski on Vimeo.

It's the Dan Ellis(notes) Christmas Song, via Puck Buddy ‘pantsalot'. Think Fake Dan Ellis and the goaltender's gripes about being a well-compensated athlete in a world of escrow.

Think you can do better than these? We're looking forward to seeing more entries this week! Thanks again for reading and participating!

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