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Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews accepts the Stanley Cup from NHL commissioner Gary...

Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews accepts the Stanley Cup from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman in Boston, June 24, 2013. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

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They energetically booed him as he walked onto the ice at TD Garden to present the Stanley Cup to Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is used to it now.

Coming in a season which was delayed and then truncated to 48 games because of the lockout, the booing by fans here wasn’t surprising. They’d boo Bettman anyway. Lost in the noise was the fact that it was Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, the chairman of the NHL board of governors and viewed as a hawk among the owners, was one of the influential voices in the league’s decision to once again play hardball with the hired help.

Then again, Bruins fans probably would have booed him, too.

When Bettman handed the Cup over to Toews for the second time in four years, it marked the end of the on-ice portion of the 2013 season, 157 days of regular-season and playoff games.


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