NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman wriggles under fire

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is under fire – and it looks good on him, doesn’t it?

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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has spent a lot of his efforts lately trying to save the doomed Phoenix Coyotes. Great time management, Gary! (The Canadian Press image)

Sponsors are hating on the NHL. The Goldwater Institute, in Arizona, has said enough to Gary’s pet-project management. And hockey fans in Winnipeg and Quebec are speaking out louder and louder these days. But Gary’s a lawyer, which means he’ll wriggle out of this jam – won’t he? (more…)

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I’m finding it extremely difficult to like NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. In fact, let’s replace “extremely difficult” with “pretty much impossible.” I’m talking about the face he puts on the front of the National Hockey League. I think fans have to like Bettman to believe that he always has the best interests of the game at heart. I think he has business at heart. Hockey just happens to be that business. And, as a fan of hockey in Canada, that continues to make me very uneasy.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has been spouting his unique brand of NHL logic since February 1, 1993

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has been spouting his unique brand of NHL logic since February 1, 1993 REUTERS/Shaun Best REUTERS

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