NHL's Bettman plans meeting with GMs

NEW YORK, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- The NHL's commissioner and 30 general managers will meet next month to discuss a contract dispute that has already forced cancellation of nearly 250 games.

MVP St. Louis joins NHL players in Europe

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Tampa Bay Lightning star Martin St. Louis has joined National Hockey League players to sign with a European team during the NHL lockout.

NHL cancels 2005 all-star game

NEW YORK, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- The National Hockey League, which has already lost three weeks of play in a lockout of players, canceled its 2005 all-star game Wednesday.

NHL players meet for update on lockout

TORONTO, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- More than 70 National Hockey League players, including player reps from each team, met with their union leaders in Toronto Tuesday to discuss the NHL lockout.

Bettman fines Kings president

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced Thursday he had fined the president of the Los Angeles Kings for remarks made last week.

NHL locks out players

NEW YORK, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- With the expiration of the NHL's collective bargaining agreement, the league locked out its players at midnight Wednesday.

Analysis: The business of hockey

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- At the end of the Tampa Bay Lighting's 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames in the deciding seventh game of the National Hockey League's 2004 Stanley Cup Finals
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NHL: Tampa Bay 2, Calgary 1

TAMPA, Fla., June 7 (UPI) -- Tampa Bay captured the first Stanley Cup in its 12-year history Monday with a 2-1 victory over Calgary in Game Seven of the NHL Finals.

NHL-NBC cut broadcast deal

NEW YORK, May 19 (UPI) -- National Hockey League officials in New York announced Wednesday a two-year revenue-sharing deal with NBC for 2004-2006.

NHL suspends Bertuzzi for rest of season

TORONTO, March 11 (UPI) -- The NHL Thursday suspended the Vancouver Canucks' Todd Bertuzzi for at least the rest of this season for his blind-side attack on Colorado's Steve Moore.

Probe shows huge losses for NHL

NEW YORK, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- With the NHL facing a possible lockout, financier Arthur Levitt unlocked a negative report on the league's finances Thursday.

Levitt to reveal report on NHL finances

NEW YORK, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- With the National Hockey League facing a possible lockout, financier Arthur Levitt said Wednesday he is prepared to shed light on the league's finances.

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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)

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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