National Hockey League (NHL) Commissioner Gary Bettman gestures as he describes negotiations between the NHL and the NHL Players Association regarding the difficulties of their current labor negotiations in New York, recently. The National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) said the league rejected its latest offer on December 6 as labor talks aimed at ending the lockout unexpectedly broke off on Thursday. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)
WINNIPEG - Don Cherry might have bought Gary Bettman’s act last week, but Colin Wilson isn't buying it.
Wilson, the U.S.-born, Winnipeg-raised member of the Nashville Predators, wasn’t shy about sharing his disdain for the NHL commissioner after skating with a few Jets at the Iceplex, Thursday.
Wilson says the apparent emotion Bettman showed before the TV cameras last Thursday didn’t fool him for a New York minute, as Bettman “doesn’t care about the game, doesn’t care about the fans.”
“When you saw him at his last press conference, that was him showing emotion? And he’s going, ‘I just feel so bad for the fans,’ things like that. No he doesn’t,” Wilson said. “He’s mad that his strategy isn’t working."