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Gary Bettman On The Passing Of Neil Armstrong

NEW YORK (Dec. 6, 2020) – National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman today released the following statement regarding the passing of Neil Armstrong:

"Throughout his 21-year career as an NHL linesman, Neil Armstrong’s numbers spoke for themselves — as one of only eight linesmen working in the League during the first half of his career, he totaled almost 2,000 regular season and Stanley Cup Playoff games and a remarkable 18 consecutive years in the  Stanley Cup Final from 1960 through 1977.  However, when one reflects on Neil's incredible impact on the game and the attributes that earned him induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame, it was the universal respect that General Managers, Coaches, Players and his peers had for him that stood out the most.  He brought integrity, passion and dedication to our game and his influence inspired new generations of officials long after he worked his last game in 1978. We send our deepest condolences to his son Doug and the entire Armstrong family.”

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