Posted October 09, 2011 on AP on Fox

CHICAGO - MAY 03: Commissioner Gary Bettman of the National Hockey League speaks at a press conference before the Chicago Blackhawks take on the Vancouver Canucks in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center on May 3, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Hockey fans in Winnipeg seem to have forgiven Gary Bettman. Once villified in the city after the original Winnipeg Jets left town, the NHL commissioner had his name chanted in the concourse of MTS Centre on Sunday while doing a radio interview before the second generation Jets played their first game against the Montreal Canadiens. It was such an unusual occurrence, he wasn't sure if they were actually showing their support for him. ''I thought the radio guy, his name was Gary (Lawless), I thought they were cheering for him,'' Bettman said, laughing. The commissioner was often blamed for the league's decision to relocate the Jets to Phoenix in 1996. At that time, the team was struggling with attendance at the old Winnipeg Arena and couldn't find a new ownership group. ''I don't personalize these things,'' Bettman said. ''For people who understood what happened 15 years ago, while it may have been my face that was put on it, people know that I was not the least bit happy. In fac...
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