NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman Selected for Induction into Hockey Hall of Fame
The Hockey Hall of Fame announced today that NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman was elected to be inducted as a member of the Class of 2018.
Commissioner Bettman’s leadership during his 25 years of service as the National Hockey League’s first commissioner has driven explosive growth of the League – including its expansion to 31 teams and a 10-fold increase in League revenues. His vision and direction have spearheaded changes on and off the ice that have produced unprecedented franchise stability and competitive balance, built the NHL into a global brand, attracted unprecedented network television coverage and developed the League into a multi-media company.
Commissioner Bettman will enter the Hall in the Builders category. He will be inducted Nov. 12, 2018, along with Players Martin Brodeur, Jayna Hefford, Martin St. Louis and Alexander Yakushev and fellow Builder Willie O’Ree.
The announcement of the Class of 2018 was made by Hockey Hall of Fame Chairman Lanny McDonald following today’s meeting of the Hall’s Selection Committee.
“What makes the game of hockey so wonderful is the fans, the players, the coaches, the cities that back their teams, the global growth of hockey, the ever-expanding growth of our game in North America and, of course, the competitive balance we are fortunate to have in our League. The Commissioner’s vision to give every Club a chance to win the Stanley Cup has made our game stronger. His leadership and love for hockey is very evident. And hockey has become more entertaining year after year, thanks in part to his passion for the game. Congratulations, Mr. Bettman.” – Hockey Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky
“I am absolutely delighted, and this honor is long overdue,” said Hockey Hall of Famer Jeremy Jacobs, owner of the Boston Bruins and Chairman of the NHL’s Board of Governors. “Gary has dedicated the last 25 years to the constant improvement of hockey at all levels. His work ethic is legendary and there is no one more deserving.”
“Gary has been a force of nature for the National Hockey League,” said longtime NHL executive Brian Burke, who served as Commissioner Bettman’s first Director of Hockey Operations. “His vision, wisdom and leadership have truly transformed the game at all levels.”