NHL embraces holiday roster freeze as a popular tradition

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The reason is an oddity in major North American professional sports: The NHL's holiday roster freeze allows players to breathe easy for more than a week each December. Teams can't trade, waive or loan players to the minors from Dec. 18 at 11:59 p.m. to Dec. 27 at 12:01 a.m., save for a few injury exceptions.

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