NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on Strombo
Discusses 2013-14 season & Sochi Olympics
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman visited George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight on Thursday to discuss a wide range of topics including his expectations for the 2013-14 season and the NHLers participation in Sochi.
Bettman talked about the importance of having a full 82-game season back after the drama the league, players and fans went through with last year's lockout, which ultimately led to the shortened season.
The 61-year-old said you never know what to expect from this game, and apologized before using the Toronto Maple Leafs' playoff debacle last season against the Boston Bruins as an example of how random hockey can be.
"It's so unpredictable, so exciting," he said. "This is why you play the game. That's what I love, when stuff like that happens."
Bettman also touched on NHL's You Can Play campaign, as well as Russia's anti-gay law ahead of the Sochi Olympics next year.
"We obviously condemn it," said Bettman. "The players ultimately want to play because the right message is to go and say this is a wrong policy."
And, despite being in favour of NHLers joining their countries to compete in the Winter Olympics, he also mentioned the scheduling is not ideal as it "breaks the momentum" of the season.
Before leaving, Bettman made sure viewers know he's not thinking about anything else but the NHL.
When asked by Strombo about his long tenure as commissioner, he was very quick and concise with his response.
"Officially, I'm not going anywhere."