Originally written on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 11/19/14
Gary Bettman is not a popular person. With anyone. He's been the face of the owners in the NHL lockout and so far, the owners have been accused of being everything from tone deaf to Satan. That doesn't give the guy a lot of good PR. Factor in the fact that he also gets the blame (sometimes justifiably, sometimes no) for everything ever wrong about the NHL, and you get a lot of hate. People boo him at the presentation of the Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe so much that it absolutely kills what should be a moment of triumph and excitement. How would you like for one of your life's defining moments be accompanied by a chorus of boos so loud you can't hear yourself think? Sure, they're not for you, but they're killing all of the good vibes. Bettman's a terribly condescending speaker and very disingenuous. It might have something to do with being a lawyer, but he is just not someone you want praising people. It just doesn't come across as real. His speech at the Hockey Hall of Fame in...
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