Gary Bettman Quotes

Gary Bruce Bettman (born June 2, 1952) is the commissioner of the National Hockey League (NHL), a post he has held since February 1, 1993. Previously, Bettman was a senior vice president and general counsel to the National Basketball Association (NBA). Bettman is a graduate of Cornell University and New York University School of Law.

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Gary Bettman


My message to the kids and our fans is hockey's a great game. There's a lot of hockey being played at all levels. Get involved, do it. We will be back and we will be back better than ever and hopefully as soon as possible. Don't give up on the game. It's too good.

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The Canadian franchises and Canada as a market for NHL hockey has always been a priority for us.

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If you want to know how I feel, I'll summarize it in one word - terrible.

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Our economics are not baseball's economics. Our game is not baseball's game. Our owners are not baseball's owners, with one or two exceptions. Our union is not baseball's union. What we do has to be crafted and suited to address hockey, to address the NHL, to address our 30 teams and our 700-plus players.

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This is a tragedy for the players. Their careers are short and this is money and opportunity they'll never get back.

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When you take off that sweater, your jersey, after today's game, you will be the last player in the NHL to ever wear 99. You have always been and you will always be 'The Great One,' and there will never be another.

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“The National Hockey League will miss Brett's skill, his scoring touch, and his fun-loving attitude. He was a splendid athlete, a passionate player, and someone who never hesitated to speak his mind. His achievements further cement the Hull family legacy of hockey greatness.”

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“(We) will miss Brett's skill, his scoring touch and his fun-loving attitude, ... He was a splendid athlete, a passionate player and someone who never hesitated to speak his mind.”

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“The National Hockey League will miss Brett's skill, his scoring touch and his fun-loving attitude,”

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“just ridiculous to make that assertion. It's very clear that every initiative made in these negotiations have been made by Bob and the players' association.”

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“Over the years, thousands of great NHL moments were presented to our fans through the lenses of ESPN cameras, ... ESPN was a supportive partner, and both the National Hockey League and ESPN enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship. We wish ESPN continued success.”

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“Over the years, thousands of great NHL moments were presented to our fans through the lenses of ESPN cameras. ESPN was a supportive partner, and both the National Hockey League and ESPN enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship. We wish ESPN continued success.”

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“Red Storey brought passion, dedication and enthusiasm to each and every game as an NHL referee. Long after his retirement as on on-ice official, he continued to serve as one of the truly great ambassadors for the game ...”

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“Red Storey brought passion, dedication and enthusiasm to each and every game as an NHL referee.”

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“His ability to face adversity earned him respect. His dedication to hockey ... earned him the enduring appreciation and thanks of everyone associated with the game.”

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