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‘Yes,’ Gary Bettman will hand out the Stanley Cup this year

Jun 12, 2013, 6:54 PM EDT

Despite the fan acrimony that was caused by the lockout, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman — who wasn’t exactly the most popular figure among fans before the league’s most recent work stoppage — will once again walk out on a red carpet this June to hand out the Stanley Cup to either the Chicago Blackhawks or Boston Bruins.

“Yes,” said Bettman today in Chicago when asked whether it would be business as usual this year.

And that’s all he said in response that question.

He was, however, extremely complimentary of NHL fans for the passion and dedication they showed in returning to rinks, as well as watching on TV, during the shortened regular season and playoffs.

He’s still going to get booed, isn’t he.

  1. kodyknight2821 - Jun 12, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Can’t wait for the Boo’s to rain down

  2. jacketsfan7 - Jun 12, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    Yup , big mistake

  3. bensawesomeness - Jun 12, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    I’m excited it’ll be in a town that knows what’s up, last year in LA, it felt like the crowd didn’t know the …erm…tradition…

    Chicago and Boston both are able to rain down glorious amounts of boos

    • nightfireop - Jun 12, 2013 at 7:25 PM

      in defense, i think we were happier that we finally won the cup more so than that bettman. the human body can’t exactly cheer AND boo at the same time.

  4. spydey629 - Jun 12, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    He’s said in numerous interviews that handing over the Cup is the “best part of his job.”

    If I were him, I’d keep doing it too.

    — Just sayin’

  5. sabatimus - Jun 12, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    He better wear a bomb suit.

    • sabatimus - Jun 12, 2013 at 7:34 PM

      Eek. Just realized that was extraordinarily bad taste. I was thinking of people throwing batteries at him. Sorry folks :/

      • lordstanley65 - Jun 12, 2013 at 10:10 PM

        No worries. I live here and I thought it was funny.

  6. quizguy66 - Jun 12, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    As a Devils fan I’m proud that we took the booing of Bettman to a whole new level in ’95. Will be great for the Boston or Chicago fans to carry on this fine tradition :)
    -QG

  7. pastabelly - Jun 12, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    I would rather hear “Gary Sucks” chants than boos.

  8. pitpenguinsrulez - Jun 12, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    I hate Crookman dearly! End of story

  9. jacketsfan7 - Jun 12, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    @sabitimus thanks for the clarification , I didn’t think it was bad taste anyways

  10. 24/7 Hockey - Jun 12, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    For the sake of not degrading the giving out of the Cup Bettman should hand off the duties in future years. It is a black eye on the league to have a ceremony as prestigious as handing out the cup be brought down because the Commissioner is incompetent and the fans realize that. Fans should be able to enjoy seeing their heroes celebrate and be able to enjoy it themselves without having to hear boos for 20 solid minutes. If Bettman is going to continue being the commissioner please choose to do one good thing for the sake of the game, dont give out the cup!!
    Please and Thank you,
    Hockey Fans Everywhere

    • amonte13 - Jun 13, 2013 at 12:17 AM

      If the fans think he’s incompetent why do they keep shelling out big bucks in order to see the product he’s selling? Keep booing him!! He loves it!! What’s his salary? And he said F you to ALL the NHL fans in the fall and they ALL came running back. Way to show your disgust!!! Kinda like saying McDonald’s stinkks then eating there 7 days a week. Who’s incompetent?

      • 24/7 Hockey - Jun 13, 2013 at 12:25 AM

        So fans are supposed to shun our favorite teams and our sport because we disagree with out commissioner? Be logical now. I will always be interested in watching the highest level of hockey and until the NHL stops providing that I will continue watching.
        Fans like you show why hockey fans are the best I the world, because we are loyal to our sport. All other sports feed off falenstorylines and big egos whilenhl fans come to the gates to see the most humble athletes in the world. No matter what Bettman does I will continue to wach some of the best human beings in the world play the best sport in the world.
        And please never compare hockey to McDonald’s again. That’s a disgrace.

  11. bruceschreiner - Jun 12, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    Hope he falls in the mandatory helmet and visor area for his contract date because he may need the protection.

  12. Windmiller4 - Jun 12, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    I think the best option would be to have an organizations legend hand the cup out. Imagine Bobby Orr giving the cup to Boston, or Bobby Hull giving it to Chicago. Another option would be to have the previous winning captain hand the cup to the new winning captain. It’d be pretty cool to see Dustin Brown give the cup to either Toews or Chara.

    • lordstanley65 - Jun 12, 2013 at 10:12 PM

      Hell yeah. Best idea yet!

  13. lawrencebensman - Jun 12, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Reblogged this on lawrencebensman.

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