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All Quotes by author - Gary Bettman
" A good fan base has developed around the Hurricanes, and I see the opportunity for continued growth for this franchise in the future. "
" All have used the economic opportunity of a new arena project to transform their cities into the future. "
" At least two or three of the leagues in Europe over the last few months have said to us, 'We hope you go to the Olympics,' and I looked at them, and I said, 'Why?' and they go, 'Because if you don't send NHL players, we have to send our players, and that's way too disruptive to our season.' "
" Because of the way my words get scrutinized, I have to use a level of precision so people don't accuse me of misleading them. "
" Doing jersey advertising for the World Cup is not in the same universe as putting advertising on NHL sweaters. "
" Eliminating fighting would mean eliminating the jobs of the 'fighters,' meaning these guys would not have NHL careers. "
" Fighting is one of those things that gets tons of attention, far more than it deserves. "
" From as early as I can remember, I was focused on becoming a lawyer. "
" Having to respond to things that are made up or untrue tends to be a waste of time. "
" I believe, certainly in the NHL, a player who can help a team win because he can contribute on the ice is going to be coveted whatever his beliefs may be or whoever he may be. That goes to national origin, religious beliefs, or sexuality. "
" I believe that the Greater Phoenix Area is a terrific sports market; it's a terrific hockey market. "
" I couldn't do what I do day-in and day-out if I didn't love the game. "
" I don't feel that it's either necessary or appropriate for me to comment on what the NFL either says or does. "
" I don't really think about having a retrospective on my high-school years. It's not something that, from a positive or a negative standpoint, is a driving force in my life. "
" I don't see the Hurricanes relocating, period. I think the Triangle is a terrific market. "
" I don't think taunting chants at players on the other side of the ice is intended to be sexist in the slightest. It's like when you call a goaltender a sieve, they chant that. Is that now inappropriate also? "
" I don't weigh into politics. "
" I don't worry about the integrity of the game. Our players are professionals. "
" If the IOC would move the Olympic hockey tournament to the summer, that would be great. We'd be thrilled to have our players participate because then it doesn't affect our season. "
" If you're a sports fan, it is really cool when you see the best-on-best for hockey at the Olympics. "
" If you're thin-skinned, you don't belong doing what I do for a living. "
" If you want to know how I feel, I'll summarize it in one word - terrible. "
" I know when you're in the business of cover sports, you look for 60-minute games and a result. It's never that simple. "
" I'm having trouble understanding why there hasn't been further progress on CalgaryNext. "
" I'm not here to win a popularity contest. "
" In '94, we made the deal during collective bargaining that wasn't the right deal, just to save the season. Allowing the 'in the crease' rule, the foot-in-the-crease rule, we should have not done. "
" I never rule anything in or out; life can surprise you. "
" I think it's fairly clear that playing hockey isn't the same as playing football. "
" I think it's fair to say that all of the teams that have been in the playoffs have played very physically. "
" I think it's our job to create a culture and an environment where a gay player knows he is safe and welcome. If and when that happens, believe me - that person will have the full support of the commissioner's office. "
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