Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/07/06 at 10:22 AM ET
Gary Bettman has always known that he had to get the heavyweights out of his game if he was going to sell hockey to corporate America. Not necessarily fighting, per se. But the goon, the slugger. The guy who rolls up his sleeves and throws off his helmet as he circles, sizing up the other team's biggest, toughest guy. Bettman couldn't simply ban fighting. He had to shape the game so fighting would ban itself. And so it was, as the National Hockey League's commissioner so often says, "a work in progress." Late Tuesday afternoon at the NHL's head offices in New York, they hung the painting.read on
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