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Don Cherry: Bettman saved the season

Jan 8, 2013, 8:32 AM EDT

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Don Cherry — like many people — went back and forth over the course of the lockout about whether there would be a 2012-13 campaign.

In the end, the union and league came to an agreement that will allow for a 48 game season to kickoff next week.

Plenty of credit has gone to mediator Scot L. Beckenbaugh for his role in helping the two sides bridge the gap, but Cherry offered up a different, more controversial candidate as the season’s savior.

“For all you people that are going to watch NHL hockey this year, make no mistake about it, you’re watching it because of Gary Bettman,” Cherry tweeted. “Bettman was the guy that had to pull the trigger whether this was done or not. He saved the season.”

A number of players directed their ire at Bettman during the lockout and back in November, Cherry also spoke out against the players for some of the things that the NHL commissioner had been called. He also previously argued that the NHLPA should have voted on an offer the owners made in early December.

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