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12-09-2012, 03:47 AM
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Originally Posted by SaintPatrick33 View Post
The last time they had a Canadian as the figurehead he was roundly hated in Canada for suspending Richard.
Clarence Campbell was hated in Quebec because they thought it was an example of English-speaking Canada against French-speaking Canada. He stayed on as president for over 20 years after suspending Richard.

Originally Posted by SaintPatrick33 View Post
Oh, and Bettman's predecessor John Ziegler? Fired by the owners for caving in to the players in '92. Bettman's well aware of that.
Which is why Bettman is a spokesperson, not King of the League, Decider of All. He's there until a) he dies; b) he retires; c) he resigns for health reasons; d) he does/announces something that at least few long-standing owners not only hate, but want to murder him over.

Bettman's going into the Hall of Fame unless something completely drastic (and unlikely) happens, like it's revealed he was gambling on games or was telling referees who should win, etc. And he won't have to nominate himself.

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