Latest Gary Bettman News

Rebooting World Cup of Hockey to be part of NHL labor talks

Jun. 23, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — With labor talks having already begun on an informal basis, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and union chief Don Fehr are in favor of rebooting the World Cup of Hockey tournament and holding it every four years. The stumbling block to laying out a long-term calendar of...

Devils select US center Hughes with 1st pick in NHL draft

Jun. 22, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The first round of the NHL draft wasn't so much unpredictable as the game is becoming more international. That was Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill's observation following an opening round Friday that featured an international theme and numerous twists. Selected by...

Bettman: NHL board approves Coyotes sale, new arena needed

Jun. 19, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Alex Meruelo was approved as the new majority owner of the Arizona Coyotes during the NHL's Board of Governors meeting on Wednesday. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman also reaffirmed the league's belief that the Coyotes need a downtown arena for the long-troubled franchise to have a future in...

Escrow tops NHL players' list of concerns ahead of CBA talks

Jun. 16, 2019 2:59 PM EDT

Jonathan Toews says he just wants his contract to be worth what it says on paper. Right now, it's not that simple. Under terms of the collective bargaining agreement, NHL owners and players divide hockey-related revenue 50/50, and if player salaries exceed that split a certain percentage is withheld in escrow to...

Bouwmeester and Blues' greybeards finally lift Stanley Cup

Jun. 13, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

Jay Bouwmeester had to turn on the TV to see playoff hockey for almost a decade after he made it to the NHL. A third overall pick with lofty expectations, Bouwmeester didn't get to play beyond the regular season his first nine years in the league. "Every year you got sick of watching the playoffs," Bouwmeester...

Lindros backing anti-concussion efforts in native Canada

Jun. 12, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Hockey Hall of Famer Eric Lindros is hoping a new campaign launched across Ontario will help amateur athletes, parents and coaches better identify the signs and symptoms of a concussion after his career was cut short by repeated blows to the head. "You see anything that's off or someone's...

Bruins-Blues Cup Final Game 6 could hinge on officiating

Jun. 8, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Patrick Maroon doesn't want to go there. Not even about how the St. Louis Blues handle the roller coaster of inconsistent officiating. "I'm not talking about it," the usually talkative Maroon said. "If you want to talk about Game 6, I'll talk about Game 6." Except the St. Louis Blues and...

The Latest: Boston defensemen lead charge in Game 1

May. 27, 2019 11:04 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on the Stanley Cup Final (all times local): 11 p.m. Forty-nine years after Boston's Bobby Orr flew through the air following his Stanley Cup-clinching goal against St. Louis, Bruins defensemen Connor Clifton and Charlie McAvoy played a huge role in a Game 1 win over the Blues. Both...

Bettman says NHL will consider expanding video review

May. 27, 2019 10:01 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Monday the league will consider expanded video review after some high-profile missed calls during the playoffs. During his annual speech prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, Bettman said general managers will discuss potential expansion of video review...

NBC, NHL encouraged about ratings heading into Cup Final

May. 26, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

The television ratings for this year's Stanley Cup playoffs have been steady despite many top markets not having teams qualify and finalists from the past two years eliminated in the first round. Going into the start of Monday's final between the St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins, television ratings for all games...