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Gary Bettman On Video Review And Other Topics

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

So it turns out NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is just as flummoxed and frustrated with all the controversy around video review and officiating as everyone else is. The only difference, of course, is he’s actually in a position to do something about it.

When asked what he thought in Game 3 of the Western Conference final when a hand pass led to the overtime goal, Bettman responded with some rare non-lawyerspeak candor. “What I thought was it would be good if I kept my head from exploding,” Bettman said. “I was unhappy. We all were. If you ask the officials on the ice, they weren’t happy. If you ask (director of officiating) Stephen Walkom, he wasn’t happy. Colin Campbell and hockey operations, they weren’t happy. I know Bill (deputy commissioner Daly) was unhappy. We were all unhappy.”

Bettman knew the main topic of conversation would be around video review and what the league will do about it moving forward and he got out in front of the story, saying the league will conduct a complete review this off-season with an eye to likely making changes to the process. It’s pretty clear, though, that the league doesn’t have a lot of interest in moving backward on this, which means if anything it will be expanded. With that said, it will not be to the point where everything will be subject to review.

continued plus more topics discussed by Bettman...

added 10:03pm, Watch Bettman on video review below.

added 10:34pm, Watch Bettman's opening remarks below.



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TreKronor's avatar

This honestly surprises me a lot. I would have figured he’d tow the line and give typical high level, lawyer like answers in this.

Posted by TreKronor on 05/27/19 at 09:39 PM ET


They were so unhappy they made the Sharks pay for it for the rest of the series: 18-6 power play advantage in favor of St. Louis over the last four games of the series, three headshots with no penalty or suspension.

Two wrongs—or, say, a dozen—don’t make a right. Funny to see how different it was for the Blues tonight with penalties actually getting called against them.

Posted by nosferatu from Albany, NY on 05/28/19 at 04:54 AM ET

damndog revenge   From the bowels of Detroit's avatar

Sharks were giving many gifts prior to the St Louis series. In fact, they most likely should not have been even playing against st louis.

Obviously, sports are becoming dehumanized and Orwellian and it’s only going to get worse. Maybe because head injuries the Leagues will want to use Robots over humans next.

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 05/28/19 at 07:56 AM ET


Funny to see how different it was for the Blues tonight with penalties actually getting called against them.


Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 05/28/19 at 09:36 AM ET

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