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Reader Martin Devon would like to thank the commissioner for, ahem, readjusting the popularity of the NHL:
I’m a long time hockey fan who would like to thank Gary Bettman for his contribution to the game of hockey.
When I was 8 years old, my dad made a deal with me: If I did well in school, he would take me to see a real live hockey game at the Montreal Forum. I held up my end of the bargain, so my dad got tickets for us to see the Game 2 semi-final game against the Flyers. Back then (this was 40 years ago), getting a ticket to a Habs game at the Forum was impossible. God knows what he had to pay for the nosebleed seats we got.
I grew up, moved to Los Angeles and became an LA Kings fan, a totally different experience. Sure, the team didn’t win, but there were compensations. I could actually see the game live without the aid of binoculars. Wow. I never realized how fast NHL’ers were. Or the how intense it is when a two players crash into the boards.