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January 10, 2013 | Associated Press
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman secured unanimous ownership support for the pending labor deal, then apologized to everyone hurt by the long lockout and said he isn't going anywhere. The league's board of governors met in a Manhattan hotel Wednesday and overwhelmingly approved the agreement that was reached early Sunday on the 113th day of the lockout. Bettman felt the full brunt of anger, especially from fans, during the four-month dispute that kept hockey off the ice. But he was contrite in announcing the latest step by the owners.
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May 31, 2012 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer
NEWARK, N.J. - Despite the devastating loss of an entire season in 2004-05, when the NHL and the players association last met at the bargaining table, commissioner Gary Bettman said he does not understand the negativity surrounding the impending expiration of the current collective bargaining agreement. Bettman says the NHL is in a different place now. It's easy to feel that way after posting revenues of $3.3 billion this season, marking the seventh straight year the league has rewritten its record.
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December 9, 1992 | By Gary Miles and Glen Macnow, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
The NHL could have a new president as early as tomorrow, and the front- runner for the job appears to be Gary Bettman, the NBA's marketing visionary and highly regarded top lawyer. The NHL Board of Governors is scheduled to meet in Palm Beach, Fla., for three days beginning tomorrow, and the election of a new president is at the top of a crowded agenda. Bettman, 40, is believed by some NHL executives to have the best credentials because of his extraordinary success with the NBA in marketing, labor relations and salary control.
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October 12, 2000 | By Tim Panaccio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The National Hockey League returned to the state of Minnesota last night for the first time in seven seasons. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman ushered in the new era at Xcel Energy Center before the Flyers' game with the expansion Minnesota Wild. Coincidentally, Bettman was elected to his post the day after the league's board of governors gave the North Stars permission to move to Dallas. "So my ability to have an impact there was [none]," Bettman said last night. "I am not a fan of relocation . . . "We are thrilled to be back and we're delighted with everything the team has done to get ready.
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January 21, 2013 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
As the Flyers and the Penguins played before a packed house at the Wells Fargo Center in Saturday's season opener - the crowd of 19,994 was the largest in Flyers history for a regular-season game - it was easy to forget how the Twitterverse was so full of venom, frustration, and threats during the NHL's 113-day lockout. How dare the players, averaging $2.4 million per season, have the audacity to complain! How dare the filthy-rich owners shut down the game when it had produced a record $3.3 billion in revenue last year!
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June 7, 1993 | By Glen Macnow, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
He's always at a game, every night. Tune in hockey on ESPN and watch Gary Bettman, munching down popcorn and never cheering for anyone, save the referees. You look at Bettman's first four months as NHL commissioner and you figure the guy views his office mostly as a way to glom center-ice tickets. He's already attended 40-something games and kept a promise by visiting each of the league's 24 arenas. Now come the Stanley Cup Finals and the cameras keep finding Wayne Gretzky, Patrick Roy, Goldie Hawn and, there, smiling from the good seats, Gary Bettman.
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August 31, 1994 | By Gary Miles, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
At least they're talking. While the baseball strike drags on with no negotiations planned, players and owners in the NHL are making a last-ditch effort to avert a shutdown of training camps next week. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and Bob Goodenow, executive director of the NHL Players Association, resumed talks yesterday in Toronto aimed at avoiding a lockout by NHL owners, but there was little progress to report. It was the first meeting since Sunday, when lawyers for both sides studied details of the dispute for five hours.
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April 10, 1994 | By Gary Miles, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
You've seen his smiling face and those wild ties in nearly every corner of the NHL this season. From New York to Winnipeg to Tampa Bay, commissioner Gary Bettman has cut a public relations swath across the league like few have before him. In fact, the joke in Winnipeg these days is that Bettman already has tied the record for visits there set by former league president John Ziegler: two. Frequent-flier miles aside, Bettman has gotten...
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September 29, 1994 | Daily News Wire Services
NHL players have scant hope that the season will start on time Saturday, and their words are growing harsher toward commissioner Gary Bettman - particularly from Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Chris Chelios. "If I was Gary Bettman, I'd be worried about my family, about my well- being right now," Chelios told a group of reporters after practice yesterday in Chicago. "Some crazed fan or even a player - Who knows? - might take it into his own hands and figure that if they get him out of the way this might get settled.
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December 8, 1998 | Daily News Wire Services
The NHL must decide whether it will send its players to the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City sometime in February, commissioner Gary Bettman said. That decision will be based on how many Olympic hockey games NBC decides to broadcast in prime time that winter, Bettman said at the owners meetings in Arizona. The commissioner said he wasn't happy with CBS's coverage of the hockey tournament in the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. The NHL took a 17-day break to accommodate the tournament, then received little primie-time exposure.
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June 13, 2016 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Gordie Howe, the rough-and-tumble Canadian farm boy whose boundless blend of talent and toughness made him the NHL's quintessential star during a career that lasted into his 50s, died Friday. The man forever known as "Mr. Hockey" was 88. "We are celebrating the life of a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and a friend to all," his family said in a statement sent by the Detroit Red Wings, Mr. Howe 's longtime team which also confirmed that Mr. Howe died in Sylvania, Ohio, at the home of Murray Howe.
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April 22, 2016 | By John Smallwood, DAILY NEWS COLUMNIST
OSTENSIBLY, it was a celebration of the life of Philadelphia sports and philanthropic icon Ed Snider, but toward the end of the program, Jay Snider, Ed's son, revealed some of the last words his father spoke to him in their last conversation before he passed on April 11 at age 83. "This is what he said, not just for me or the family," Jay Snider said. "He told me, and so I'll tell you. "Quote - the last sentence he ever spoke was, 'I can't thank the Flyers enough for everything they've given to me and my family.' " Perhaps the most amazing thing about the event at the Wells Fargo Center, which was attended by thousands, was the variety of people who spoke to memorialize the man referred to as "Mr. Snider," but whose great wish was for people simply to call him "Ed. " From hockey representatives such as NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and Flyers captain for life Bob Clarke to businessmen such as Comcast CEO Brian Roberts and former PRISM/Comcast SportsNet president Jack Williams to even Mayor Kenney, the list of speakers illustrated the many segments of Philadelphia society Snider impacted.
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April 20, 2016 | By Les Bowen, STAFF WRITER
THE OFFICIAL tribute to Ed Snider before Monday night's Flyers-Caps first-round playoff series Game 3 was brief and understated, qualities that were rarely ascribed to the man himself. As the scenes from years gone by flickered past on the center-ice scoreboard, it was unsettling to reflect on how many of the people pictured along with the late Flyers owner also are alive only in memory now: Pat Quinn. Gene Hart. Joe Scott. Keith Allen. Gene's daughter Lauren Hart, sporting a "Snider 67" jersey that connoted the year the team was founded, did the God Bless America duet with Kate Smith, and the team wearing the "EMS" patches came out with more jump than it had shown in losing the first two games of the series, in Washington.
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September 11, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
After a 12-year hiatus, the World Cup of Hockey will return next year, and it is expected to feature more than 150 NHL players, including several Flyers. The eight-team, two-week international tourney, a joint effort by the NHL and the league's players association, will be held just before the 2016-17 NHL season and will take place at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. The schedule was announced Wednesday, and the tournament could end as late as Oct. 1, 2016, about a week before the season starts.
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February 6, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
FORMER FLYERS president Peter Luukko, who abruptly resigned 14 months ago, is moving south to join the NHL's Florida Panthers as an executive chairman, the Daily News learned yesterday. Seeking an executive with both a hockey and business acumen, the South Florida franchise was recommended to Luukko by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. His official title is still being determined, but Luukko is expected to work alongside current Panthers president and CEO Rory A. Babich. An announcement is expected to come today, the Miami Herald reported.
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January 27, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
COLUMBUS - First he was in, then he was out, then he was in again. It was a rush of emotion for Flames forward and South Jersey native Johnny Gaudreau. But it culminated with the Carneys Point product appearing in his first NHL All-Star Game as an injury replacement for Sidney Crosby. His addition to the roster meant Gaudreau would reportedly pocket an extra $212,500, per performance-based bonuses on his entry-level contract. "It was really special for me," Gaudreau said.
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December 5, 2014 | BY SAMUEL WIGNESS, For the Daily News
MINNEAPOLIS - Flyers president Paul Holmgren joined the prestigious list of Lester Patrick Trophy winners last night at the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame ceremony. The ceremony, led by ESPN's Steve Levy, honored 2014 Hall of Fame inductees Karyn Bye Dietz, Brian Rafalski, Jeff Sauer and Lou Vairo, and Lester Patrick Award winners Holmgren and Bill Daly. Nearly 500 people watched as NHL commissioner Gary Bettman paid tribute to the efforts of Holmgren and Daly and presented the trophies.
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October 14, 2014 | By Frank Seravalli, Daily News Staff Writer
WHAT'S THE BEST WAY to bury embarrassing news in the hockey world? Send out a press release at 6:46 p.m. on a Friday, before a long, holiday weekend, that completely skirts the issues at hand. That's what the NHL attempted to do last week, with today being Thanksgiving in Canada, to complete their icky hiring of Chris Pronger in the Department of Player Safety. Conveniently, the press release failed to mention that Pronger is still on the Flyers' roster. Or that he is still owed another $5.15 million from the Flyers, payable through April 2017.
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October 11, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Even though Chris Pronger is still on the Flyers' payroll, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said he wouldn't have a problem if the onetime defensive standout worked in the league's player-safety department. And that's apparently what happened Thursday night, when Pronger was hired, according to TSN, which also reported that he remained on the Flyers' long-term injured list, meaning the team would still get $4.9 million in salary-cap relief. The Flyers owe Pronger a total of $5.15 million for the final three years of his contract.
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