Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 11/29/12

PITTSBURGH - JUNE 09: Head coach Mike Babcock of the Detroit Red Wings speaks to the media during a press conference after Game Six of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals at the Mellon Arena on June 9, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
It might not have been the traditional Red Wings' visit to the Detroit Medical Center's Children's Hospital, but spirits were still lifted. Coach Mike Babcock, general manager Ken Holland and radio play-by-play announcer Ken Kal were the first wave of Wings to visit the Children's Hospital this Thursday. Next Thursday, former players Kris Draper, Chris Chelios, Kirk Maltby and Chris Osgood will see the kids. "Usually it's the players and Mike Babcock, the coaching staff," Holland said. "Obviously this year with no players, we've put together a different group. I'm sure the people would like to see the players but for me, it's an opportunity to give back." Babcock doesn't just visit once a year. He's at the hospital so often that he has his own identification card. "I'm obviously real lucky, I get to see these kids all the time," Babcock said. "They come to games, this year they haven't come to games, we haven't had any. But I still managed to get here once before. Normally it's the players that are here with me at this time. But we got Grover and Ken Holland today, so it should be a lot of fun." During the holiday season, the Wings realize even more how difficult it can be when a child is ill. "It's interesting, when one of your children get sick, the whole family gets sick, it infects everybody," Babcock said. "When you're here and you see the work of the doctors, and you see the work of the nurses and the passion of the people that work here, it's inspiring to say the least and I think it puts things in perspective. I'm very blessed, I have three healthy children and a healthy wife and health is the first priority in anyone's life." Normally, the Wings are very busy at this time of the year, but with the lockout still going, some players have gone to play in Europe and some have remained in the area and are skating together at the Troy Sports Center. But what do front office people like Holland and Babcock do? "I don't know if I'm bored, I'm a busy guy, find lots to do, whether that be watching practices or running practices or spending time with my family or going to games, I've managed to keep very busy," Babcock said. "Now, would I rather be coaching the Red Wings? Absolutely. I think people on both sides of the equation, whether that be players, owners, management, everybody wants to get playing, we know how important it is for our game and for our fans." Like Babcock, Holland is hopeful that he'll soon be much busier. "I'll go to Grand Rapids Friday and Saturday," Holland said. "Obviously the workload is a half, a third of what it normally is. Usually you're at the office all day long. Now I go there for two, three hours and the phone never rings and I go home, maybe go to a game at night. I think everybody's got their fingers crossed that a solution can be found."
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Elliott domestic violence case being taken to city prosecutor

Belichick: Brady is not going to lose his starting job

Report: Brown 'confident' Steelers will rework his contract

Report: J.T. Barrett lost full scholarship over summer for DWI

Police escort helped Joey Gallo get to ballpark on time


Agent: Bryant ‘heartbroken that he’s not allowed to play’

Report: Trent Baalke could lose job if 49ers don’t show progress

Lawsuit: Baylor players gang raped student, school knew

Jets, Ryan Fitzpatrick reportedly remain far apart

Eddie Lacy defends Mike McCarthy for weight loss comments

Red Sox nearly had serious catcher emergency in loss to Tigers

Reds 'picking up the pace' on Jay Bruce trade talks

NBA champ Cavs honored with 2,000-pound butter sculptures

John Daly dons super-patriotic outfit for Champions Dinner

Aaron Rodgers not inclined to talk about brother Jordan

Astros fan starts GoFundMe page to buy out Gomez contract

Durant told Westbrook he was returning to Thunder?

Five NFL teams set to rise up in 2016

Jeremy Lin reportedly looking to trademark phrase ‘Brook-Lin’

Matt Leinart engaged to actress Josie Loren

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

Report: Paul Pierce to return to Clippers

Jimbo Fisher: You come to FSU to win national championships

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

QUIZ: Name every Olympic event in which the USA has never won a gold medal

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

One Gotta Go: NBA players make tough choices on their favorite rappers

One Gotta Go: NBA Summer League is not about that Game of Thrones life

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker