He is unrepentant about the NHL having stayed home after stocking the tournament with players for the previous five Olympic Games. I think it was the absolute right decision,” Bettman said.
“Our season has been fabulous for the last three weeks, uninterrupted.
“For roughly three weeks, as important a part of the season as there is, we disappear.
No highlights, no games, no nothing,” he said of the previous five Winter Olympics. some NHL teams in the past have sent as many as 10 players to the Olympics, and some teams would send one or two.
Gary Bettman enjoyed a welcoming atmosphere in Edmonton Thursday, in the heart of the city’s new Ice District, which is anchored by a beautiful new arena and showplace.
On Friday he’ll be in Calgary, where he admits somewhat kiddingly, “I have been accused of all sorts of evil things.” One day after announcing in Vancouver that the Canucks will host the 2019 National Hockey League Draft, the NHL Commissioner spoke at a Chamber of Commerce breakfast in Edmonton Thursday morning.
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The other topic that still carries some heat for Bettman is the Olympics, with the hockey tournament having concluded on Sunday.
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