After NHL lockout, new Stanley Cup tradition shouldn't include Gary Bettman

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman hands the Stanley Cup to Kings captain Dustin Brown after defeating...

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman hands the Stanley Cup to Kings captain Dustin Brown after defeating the Devils in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif., June 11, 2012. (LUCY NICHOLSON/Reuters)

ERIC FRANCIS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:14 AM ET

CALGARY - In the midst of the convoluted bumbling prevalent in the NHL’s latest labour fight, one thing is patently clear: Gary Bettman can never again hand out the Stanley Cup.

No longer can the man in charge of this laughable affair ever be allowed to step onto the ice to mar a ceremony he has tainted for far too long.

The fans loathe him and the players detest him, so why poison a great moment with his presence?

Even those who throw up mild defence of the longtime NHL commissioner by suggesting he’s just taking orders from the owners must admit he’s clearly the most hated man in sports today.

Whenever this sordid mess is resolved, how could the NHL possibly contemplate putting him front and centre when its treasured trophy is passed along?

Surely no one thinks it’s a good idea to have the presentation in the midst of annual boos directed at Bettman.


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