Latest Gary Bettman News

M Go Big: Led by Power, Michigan goes 1-2 in NHL draft

Jul. 24, 2021 01:29 AM EDT

The NHL draft turned into a Michigan maize and blue affair Friday night. And there’s a Hughes sibling reunion set to happen in New Jersey. Whatever challenges the coronavirus pandemic presented scouts in grading prospects, many of whom played shortened seasons, was...

Seattle Kraken sets first roster, will open season at Vegas

Jul. 22, 2021 02:47 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — What the expansion draft of the Seattle Kraken lacked in drama it made up for with quirks, production and a giant party to celebrate one of the biggest steps in the launch of the NHL's newest team. “I envisioned this a lot of different ways and this is...

NHL schedule will include break but no guarantee of Olympics

Jul. 21, 2021 20:08 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Commissioner Gary Bettman said Wednesday the NHL schedule will include a break for the 2022 Winter Olympics even though there is no commitment the league’s players will go to Beijing in February. “I don’t believe there will be an update on the...

Nashville prospect comes out as gay in NHL milestone

Jul. 19, 2021 15:23 PM EDT

A Nashville Predators prospect has come out as gay, a milestone moment for the sport of hockey as the first player signed to an NHL contract to make that declaration publicly. Luke Prokop said he was proud to say he is gay. The 19-year-old Canadian who was a third-round...

Lightning strikes twice: Tampa Bay repeats as Cup champion

Jul. 08, 2021 03:09 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Quieting the din inside Amalie Arena for just a moment, Gary Bettman looked over to the Tampa Bay Lightning and reached back into the dark days of the pandemic perhaps one last time. The NHL commissioner beckoned not just captain Steven Stamkos but...

Vasilevskiy wins Conn Smythe Trophy as NHL playoff MVP

Jul. 08, 2021 00:50 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — When Andrei Vasilevskiy was thrust into the 2015 Stanley Cup Final with starting goaltender Ben Bishop injured, he was a shy, unknown player at the beginning of his NHL journey. Six years later, he’s a two-time Stanley Cup champion at the peak of...

Columbus Blue Jackets goalie dies after fireworks accident

Jul. 06, 2021 00:46 AM EDT

Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks died of chest trauma from an errant fireworks mortar blast in what authorities described Monday as a tragic accident at a Michigan home on the Fourth of July. Police in Novi, Michigan, said the firework tilted slightly...

Inside the glass reporter to continue as NBC exits NHL

Jul. 04, 2021 18:23 PM EDT

NBC's coverage of the NHL ends after the Stanley Cup finals, but its impact on how the game is broadcast will carry on due to its different innovations in 15 years. The network's coverage could conclude as soon as Monday night if the Tampa Bay Lightning complete a...

Bettman casts doubt on NHL players going to Beijing Olympcs

Jun. 28, 2021 20:17 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman cast doubt Monday on whether the league will send its players to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, citing safety and logistical concerns as well as a tightening time frame. “We have real concerns about whether or not...

Blackhawks hire outside firm to investigate sex abuse claims

Jun. 28, 2021 19:11 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks have hired a former federal prosecutor to conduct an independent review of allegations that a former player was sexually assaulted by a then-assistant coach in 2010. CEO Danny Wirtz announced the move in an internal memo Monday that...