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Do Something Gary Bettman To Prevent Brain Injuries

from Ken Dryden at the Toronto Sun,

In this transcript of his speech to be given at the University Club of New York on Sept. 19, author and NHL legend Ken Dryden implores commissioner Gary Bettman to see what everyone else does: That more must be done to prevent brain injuries in hockey …

Almost two years ago to the day, Sept. 20, 2017, I was also here in New York — to have lunch with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.

I had with me a copy of my book, Game Change: The Life and Death of Steve Montador and the Future of Hockey. No one else had seen it except the publisher – it wouldn’t be in stores for a month. I wanted Gary Bettman to be the first to have a copy.

I’d known Gary for more than 20 years. We had both gone to Cornell — he arrived in Ithaca the year after I graduated. But we got to know each other a little after he was named the league’s commissioner in 1993, then a lot more after I became president of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1997. We worked together on some tough questions: Fast-rising player salaries, the crash of the Canadian dollar, the fight with the players over a salary cap that would later shut down the league for an entire season.

I found Gary smart, quirky, combative — especially in a lawyerly way — relentless, always “on,” and always driven to know more than everyone else in the room. And also a little insecure — he was an American who had never played this Canadian game. And as football and basketball commissioners had delivered for their team owners a salary cap, he hadn’t for his.


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Down River Dan's avatar

I found Gary smart, quirky, combative β€” especially in a lawyerly way β€” relentless, always β€œon,” and always driven to know more than everyone else in the room. And also a little insecure…......

Gee… doesn’t sound like the Gary I’ve come to despise over the past 20 years…. confused

I don’t do pay per view events, but I would pay to watch a debate between Dryden & the midget. Gary may be smarter than most NHL players, but Ken Dryden would mop the floor with Gary in any sort of reasoned logical debate.

Posted by Down River Dan on 09/19/19 at 09:42 AM ET

Paul's avatar

I’ve met Bettman two times and Dryden forgot always looking at his phone and he doesn’t make eye contact or more like looking around the room to find someone else.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/19/19 at 09:44 AM ET

bigfrog's avatar

The NFL denied a correlation between brain injuries to NFL players when they played in the NFL for many years before admitting to it. The NHL is doing what the NFL did back then now, ignoring it. Does Joe Murphy ring a bell?  mad

Posted by bigfrog on 09/19/19 at 07:45 PM ET

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