NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was recently booed when addressing a hockey crowd in Las Vegas.
His response: “Congratulations. You are truly a hockey market.”
The man fans love to hate is going in to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Deservedly so. If fans got to vote on inductees, I’m not sure his inclusion would be a sure thing, but there is no denying that his contributions to the NHL, since he took over in 1993, have been huge.
The league has gone from 24 to 31 franchises.
The values of franchises have steadily risen. North American television revenue has drastically increased.
Under Bettman’s watch, he has been able to get a salary cap in place, yet help player salaries rise. He has had a hand in getting NHL players to compete in the Olympics.
In the best interest of the NHL, he has stood up to the IOC when needed.
Bettman, who works for the NHL owners, has delivered. It has been a Hall of Fame worthy effort.