NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Friday that the league is not considering reinstating the controversial rule that prohibits players from entering the Stanley Championship Series.
“We’re not looking at it,” Bettman told ESPN’s Bob McKenzie.
“It’s a little hard to believe that we could ever be in the position where we’re not going to be looking at that, but we’re certainly going to look at it. “
“And I think, in fairness to everybody, the players would like to see that. “
But I think it would be a good thing to look into it, so we can find a solution to it.” “
And I think, in fairness to everybody, the players would like to see that.
But I think it would be a good thing to look into it, so we can find a solution to it.”
The rule was put in place in the 1980s after the death of Chicago Blackhawks legend Gordie Howe.
Howe was the first player to have a black hole-shaped hole on his skate, which was also visible when he took a penalty.
Howe and several other players eventually were able to skate around the black hole, but Howe died of a heart attack on the ice in 1981.
Howe’s legacy continues to influence hockey.
Earlier this week, he was named one of Time Magazine’s 50 most influential people of the 20th century.
He’s a lifelong sports fan and hockey fan who has attended nearly 200 Stanley Cups and has watched every one since the inaugural edition of the Cup in 1981, the final year the series was played.
“He’s still a big part of hockey,” Bettson said.
He was a very positive influence, and it’s something that we want to continue to keep alive in our game.””
You have a guy who was so iconic in the NHL, but who was also a great role model for young kids.
He was a very positive influence, and it’s something that we want to continue to keep alive in our game.”