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Bettman even more important to NHL than Gretzky: Brian Burke

Former NHL executive Brian Burke offered high praise for commissioner Gary Bettman when speaking to Sophia Jurksztowicz in an interview for the Hockey Night In Canada podcast.

HHOF selection committee member offers high praise for NHL commissioner

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman (left) is seen in this file photo with former Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke. In an interview for the next episode of the Hockey Night in Canada podcast, Burke discusses Bettman's induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame. (Chris Young/Canadian Press)

Gary Bettman over everything. 

That's the level of praise former NHL executive and current selection committee member Brian Burke has for the commissioner, who will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday.

In an interview with Sophia Jurksztowicz for an upcoming episode of the Hockey Night In Canada podcast, Burke refers to Bettman as "a force of nature" above and beyond one of the greatest players of all time.

Brian Burke speaks highly of NHL commissioner Gary Bettman:

In an interview for an upcoming episode of the Hockey Night In Canada podcast, Brian Burke refers to Gary Bettman as "a force of nature" above and beyond one of the greatest players of all time. 1:09
"Gary has done more for the National Hockey League than any person who has ever walked on this planet," said Burke. "And that includes Wayne Gretzky who I think was just a godsend for our league."

Hear the full interview on the next episode of the Hockey Night in Canada podcast, available on Thursday (subscribe on iTunes or your favourite podcast app). 

Watch nine quick facts about this year's HHOF induction:

The Hockey Hall of Fame will welcome 6 new members, and Rob Pizzo breaks down the 2018 class. 2:01