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Video: Bettman hears the boos in Philly

Jun 27, 2014, 7:41 PM EDT

Ah, Philadelphia.

On Friday night at Wells Fargo Center, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman got a rather, ahem, spirited welcome from the Philly faithful in advance of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft:

Being in attendance for this, I can confirm — the boos were loud. And relentless. Bettman deserves credit for staying unflappable through the entire speech and addressing everything he needed to but, man, was that ever loud.

  1. pitpenguinsrulez - Jun 27, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    Almost like an Austin vs McMahon booing from the late 90s

    • blackheart78 - Jun 27, 2014 at 8:36 PM

      @Pitpenguinsrulez I remember those days… miss them.

      • pitpenguinsrulez - Jun 28, 2014 at 4:08 AM

        I miss them as well my friend!

    • SergeantKabukiMan - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:22 PM

      More like a current day Dave Batista boo. I’m sure Bettman is used to it by now.

      • imleftcoast - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:40 PM

        I think his mom booed when he popped out. Let’s not pretend he’s ever been popular.

  2. superross - Jun 27, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    I’m a Habs fan, but you have to give it to the Flyers fans they are hardcore!!!! I love you guys, when we aren’t playing you of course!!!!

  3. comeonnowguys - Jun 27, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    So you are telling me:

    1. Philly fans booed something, and
    2. Gary Bettman was booed.

    dog bites man.

  4. blackheart78 - Jun 27, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    Sigh…. I know there are some knuckleheads in Philadelphia but I love how some of the media is going to make the fans there out to be the bad guys. Like Bettman wouldn’t have been booed in ANY arena on earth. The whole “Philadelphia fans are out of control” story is getting so old.

    • imleftcoast - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:44 PM

      C’mon, if you’re not going to throw in the hackneyed ‘they even booed Santa,’ you are not really giving 100% to this complaint.

    • avfanforlife - Jun 28, 2014 at 10:29 AM

      The man is Boooed every where true, but you can watch every draft for the last 10 years, and this was definitely booing to the Nth degree! Fla has their work cut out for them next year!

  5. bmoreredfury311 - Jun 27, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Typical. But I like it.

  6. patthehockeyfan - Jun 27, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    I can’t recall ever hearing Buttman being applauded.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:57 PM

      Probably because you don’t get invited to meetings of the NHL owners when they discuss revenues. I’ll bet there is applause then.

  7. bleedrangerblue - Jun 27, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    He’s always gets boos. That’s why he handles it so well.

  8. alliceishome - Jun 27, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    Boo Bettman boooooo

  9. sprtsfan1 - Jun 27, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    Classless fans if you ask me. Even booed while the Stanley Cup was being presented in their building.

    • blackheart78 - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:32 PM

      @sprtsfan1 are you secretly Gary Bettman or a member of his family? 😛

  10. blackandorangeforlife - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    Love our Philly faithfull……They gave it to you and hinted at respect!

    • imleftcoast - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:54 PM

      You’re probably not supposed to boo all the other teams at the draft when they are announcing the draft order. Teams in your division, okay. But not every other team in the league. I think that was a first at the NHL draft.

      • flyerspsu - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:28 PM

        didnt know that was a rule

  11. biffnasty - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    He deserves every single BOO he gets for trying to ruin hockey with the numerous lockouts and shortened seasons. I personally hate EVERYTHING about filthy but I must give credit to the Philly faithful. You made NHL fans across the country proud. Well played Philly

  12. rsmaggiemae - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    I thought this was a very poor representation of the fans of Philly. especially to boo all the other NHL teams as they were being announced and I dont agree with Bettman at all but everyone deserves respect .. no matter what you think of them or what they have done in the past…. and to think how many thousands of people were watching this display…
    not good

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:24 AM

      Please, it was all in good fun. We booed Bettman and the teams but not a single prospect. We applauded every single kid that went on that stage. And Bettman laughed it off.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 28, 2014 at 5:03 AM

      Respect needs to be earned before given, and Bettman hasn’t earned any from the fans.

  13. phillyphanatic77 - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:21 AM

    I was at the draft (great experience, by the way) and I can tell you that initial Bettman sighting was some of the loudest “boos” I’ve ever heard. It was awesome. My seats were directly behind the cameras for NHL tonight and Jamie McLennan and Dave Reid were laughing pretty hard. Hate Bettman but he was a really good sport tonight. He got booed everytime he stepped to the microphone and took it all in stride. I respect him a little more for playing along.

  14. gbart22 - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:14 AM

    Booing commissioners is just old at this point. Grow up fans.

  15. avscup - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    His salary is about $10 MILLION/ year! He can take a few boos!

  16. kane987245 - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Ah yes. Speaking as a DEVS fan, It is nice to see Philly do what they do best for once and boo the hell out of him. The reactions to all their Division Rivals was great as well.

  17. upperdecker19 - Jun 28, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    Now if Bettman wore a Santa suit in Philly……..yikes!!!

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