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Chicago forward Dave Bolland. Photo Credit: Wikipedia Commons
Dave Bolland, a forward for the Chicago Blackhawks, appears to be the latest professional athlete to make a questionable decision on Twitter. What did he do? Well, he apparently retweeted a tweet from a fan who was calling for the death of NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, who has long been the target of fans’ ire, especially given the current lockout.
According to ESPN, the retweet was deleted, but the message was “can I get a RT for wanting Bettman dead?”.
Fans and players alike are clearly frustrated with the lack of hockey, but you still have to keep it civil. Forget wanting Bettman dead, the NHL just needs to be brought back to life. Unfortunately, that may not happen this year, given the NHL’s most recent round of scheduling cancellations, which included the All-Star Game and all games until December 14th.
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Hockey fans are getting angry, and they're not afraid to let NHL commissioner Gary Bettman know it.
On Wednesday, the league and the Players' Association met for another round of negotiations, reportedly making an insubstantial amount of progress. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly was originally scheduled to address the media after the session, but instead Bettman himself...
from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,
Let’s face the truth, folks: Gary Bettman has become hockey’s worst enemy.
Bettman is now the author of three lockouts and the disastrous expansion into the Sun Belt, egomaniac, a man who would rather destroy the National Hockey League than form a workable partnership with the players. Under his watch, the NHL has already lost...
(PhatzRadio / USA Today) — Plenty of NHL fans would like to exchange a terse word or two with Commissioner Gary Bettman about the ongoing lockout.
But one die-hard actually made sure Bettman heard his voice Wednesday after the league and the NHLPA met yet again in New York.
Jaymes Hall, a 41-year-old Philadelphia Flyers fan from Lancaster, Pa., questioned Bettman and NHLPA executive...
Dear NHL fans, in order to give you less to be thankful for, Gary Bettman has axed more of your favorites. Games are now cancelled through December 14 and the annual All Star Game that was to be held in Columbus was kiboshed as well.It is getting a little tiresome at this point. Bobby Ryan, who swore he was not going to take someone else's job overseas, realized the lockout...
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Brian Burke has made some recent appearances alongside Gary Bettman and Bill Daly on the NHL side of the labour negotiations, which raises some fascinating questions. Is Burke representing himself, his personal views, or the views of the ownership of the Toronto Maple Leafs?
Burke is a known hardliner on the NHL’s side, a hawk on...
“If I was a company being courted by the NHL today, or if I was advising a company being courted, I would be concerned.” The current commissioner [Gary Bettman, commissioner since 1993] has three work stoppages under his belt.”
-Michael Neuman, managing partner for Scout Sports and Entertainment. More from Terry Lefton and Christopher Botta of SportsBusiness Journal.
TORONTO -- NHL players are a step closer to dissolving their union.
NHL Players' Association members voted this week to give the union's executive board the power to file a "disclaimer of interest" until Jan. 2, The Canadian Press said Friday.
The news agency, citing an unidentified source, said the vote drew more than the two-thirds of the required support. The...
Actions often speak louder than words. As the NHL and the players are stuck in a PR battle, it's easy for each side to spin things however they want them to appear. Actions, though, speak for themselves.
Some players made the best of the situation and helped to organize a charity game in Atlantic City, a trip that was not so convenient for many of the attendees (Henrik Lundqvist...
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
Right now is about pleading with the current cast of clowns to move on and leave us alone.
Their greed, and the nerve they have to keep holding fans hostage as they fight with each other over the billions the fans give them ... it’s well beyond frustrating and sickening.
Come out Monday morning and do the right thing, Gary Bettman...
You know, there's no reason to get worked up about this stuff anymore -- raise your hand if you actually weren't expecting the NHL to cancel another round of games. Anyone?
The NHL announced today that they were cancelling all games scheduled through December 14th, and as an added bonus they were cancelling the 2013 All Star Game that was going to be scheduled...