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Shot to head draws Cote 3-game suspension

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Philadelphia Flyers forward Riley Cote will sit out the next three games as punishment for giving a head shot to the Dallas Stars' Mat Niskanen Saturday.

NHL changes scheduling format

NEW YORK, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- The NHL Board of Governors announced Thursday that beginning next season each team in the league will play every other club at least once.

Penguins, Sabres schedule outdoor game

BUFFALO, N.Y., Sept. 17 (UPI) -- The Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres will play an NHL regular-season game on News Year's Day outdoors at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Habs to host 2009 NHL All-Star Game

DALLAS, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Hockey bastion Montreal will be the site of the 2009 National Hockey League All-Star Game, the league announced Tuesday.

St. Louis Blues have a new owner

ST. LOUIS, March 24 (UPI) -- The St. Louis Blues announced Dave Checketts, CEO of Sports Capital Partners, will pay $150 million for the team and lease on the Savvis Center.

Tocchet named in gambling investigation

TRENTON, N.J., Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Phoenix Coyotes associate coach and former NHL player Rick Tocchet was named Tuesday as being involved in a gambling ring.

New NHL agreement ratified

NEW YORK, July 22 (UPI) -- The National Hockey League board of governors ratified a new collective bargaining agreement Friday, ending a work stoppage that wiped out the 2004-05 season.

NHL owners, players agreement said close

NEW YORK, July 8 (UPI) -- National Hockey League owners and players were reported close Friday to reaching a lockout-ending collective bargaining agreement.

Talks pick up pace in NHL lockout

CHICAGO, May 26 (UPI) -- Amid reports a settlement is needed to keep key sponsors from bailing out, the NHL and its players completed another round of negotiations Thursday.

Commissioners: Leglsiation too severe

WASHINGTON, May 18 (UPI) -- Commissioners from major team sports told Congress Wednesday that proposed steroid legislation contains penalties that are too harsh.

Congress to hear from commissioners

WASHINGTON, May 12 (UPI) -- Commissioners from all four major team sports in the United States were listed Thursday as witnesses before a House subcommittee next week.

Bertuzzi to meet with NHL commissioner

TORONTO, April 19 (UPI) -- Vancouver's Todd Bertuzzi, suspended indefinitely for seriously injuring another player, reportedly will meet next week with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.

NHL talks expected to resume soon

TORONTO, March 7 (UPI) -- The NHL, which canceled the 2004-05 season, has asked to meet with its players union and work toward a contract for next season, it was reported Monday.

Huge offer made to NHL

TORONTO, March 3 (UPI) -- The Toronto Star reported Thursday that a Wall Street company had made an offer to the NHL to buy the entire league.

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Gary Bettman
National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks at a press conference on November 4, 2005 at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C. (UPI Photo/Mark Goldman)
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Gary Bruce Bettman (born June 2, 1952) is the commissioner of the National Hockey League (NHL), a post he has held since February 1, 1993. Previously, Bettman was a senior vice-president and general counsel to the National Basketball Association (NBA). Bettman is a graduate of Cornell University and New York University School of Law.

Under Bettman, the NHL has seen rapid growth of league revenues, from $400 million when he was hired to over $2.2 billion in 2006–07. He also oversaw the expansion the NHL's footprint across the United States, with six new teams added during his tenure, bringing the NHL to 30.

However, Bettman has also been in the middle of controversy during his tenure. He has often been criticized for attempting to "Americanize" the game, and expanding the league into non-traditional hockey markets such as the American South at the expense of the more traditional markets in Canada and the Northern United States. Bettman was also a central figure of two labor stoppages, including the 2004–05 NHL lockout that saw the entire season canceled. These controversies have made him unpopular among fans around the league.

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