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by Paul on 11/14/12 at 05:00 PM ET
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 themegeneric music.]
Thank you, James, and good evening,
Tonight the all-time roster of
that sport with the pucks and the ice and no slams dunksthe Hockey Hall of Fame is further enriched by my presencefour remarkable performers. Four legendary scorers. Four outstanding leaders. Who let's be honest, have not aged wellhail from four different parts of the hockey world.
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