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Bettman’s ‘Real’ Hall Of Fame Speech

from Sean McIndoe at Grantland,

It turns out that the speech Bettman originally wrote for the event was edited at the last minute by a league PR staffer. I've obtained that version. Here's what Bettman really wanted to say that night:

Hi, Gary … I had a chance to look over your prepared remarks for tonight’s Hall of Fame ceremony. Awesome work as always, boss. I hope you don’t mind, but I made a few teeny tiny edits. Hope that’s cool! Deletions are (striked), additions are in bold.

[Walk onstage to Darth Vader theme generic music.]

Thank you, James, and good evening, peons everyone.

Tonight the all-time roster of that sport with the pucks and the ice and no slams dunks the Hockey Hall of Fame is further enriched by my presence four remarkable performers. Four legendary scorers. Four outstanding leaders. Who let's be honest, have not aged well hail from four different parts of the hockey world.


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