When NHL commissioner Gary Bettman launched his own league, the league was already a decade old.
And it was a league in its infancy.
But the NHL’s expansion into the United States in 1996 had an even more dramatic impact on the league.
It marked the first time that a new league was able to expand into a major market like Canada, a move Bettman described as “the greatest innovation in sports in the world.”
In this exclusive interview, Bettman talks about how the NHL came to Canada and what it means for the future of hockey in the country.
What did Bettman do when the NHL announced it would be expanding?
When Bettman announced the expansion of the NHL to Canada, it was just the start.
It was the beginning of the modern NHL.
The league had already been in Quebec since 1949 and was playing in the National Hockey League for only two years.
Bettman had already established a rapport with the league’s owners and it had already begun scouting talent from the NHL.
That was pretty much the blueprint for Bettman’s expansion.
How did Bettmans vision for the NHL evolve over the next decade?
Bettman and his team took the first steps toward building a new NHL in Canada in 1997 when they purchased the Ottawa Senators from Ted Lindsay.
At the time, the Senators were playing in a minor league, which meant that they didn’t have any real NHL experience.
So the first step was to get a team in Ottawa.
The Senators had been in Ottawa since 1967 and had a good reputation, but they were in the second division.
Bettmans goal was to put the best team in the league on the ice.
In his first few years as commissioner, Bettmans was more than happy to take his time.
That’s because he was not the sort of person who would jump in and start everything.
The NHL was a business.
It had to be run by a businessperson, not someone who had a vision and who had ideas.
The expansion of NHL into Canada had been a long time coming.
What were the initial hurdles Bettman faced when he arrived in Ottawa?
Bettmans first step towards building a Canadian franchise was a very important one.
The National Hockey Conference (NHL) was the only professional league in Canada.
Its members consisted of all the professional leagues in the United Kingdom, France, and Canada.
So, Canada was one of the last places to be able to play in the NHL because of the NHC.
The NHC had a great relationship with the NHL and was very supportive of the league in Ottawa when it came to the expansion.
The first challenge was the ownership.
Bettmen had to get the owners to sign off on the deal.
That meant finding a buyer, and Bettmans had to find a team that was ready to play for him.
How long did the process take?
Bettmen said he started by interviewing all the owners in Ottawa and trying to find one who was going to be the most supportive of his plan.
But there were so many challenges.
The owners had to agree on a number of things, such as whether they would be willing to have their team play in Ottawa or Ottawa would have to play a team from Quebec.
It took three or four meetings between Bettmans and the owners, but the owners eventually agreed to play the Senators in Ottawa because of their relationship with Bettmans.
But when the owners started to look at the team and the players, they didn, in fact, like the Senators, and it took some time before they felt comfortable with the idea.
How much time did Bettmen spend interviewing the owners before signing them on?
Bettmens first step to building a team was to find owners who were willing to play.
He also had to make sure the owners were willing and able to work together on the team.
Bett’s first step is to interview the owners and try to find people who are willing to work with the owners.
And then he had to figure out how much time they would spend on the project.
And the answer is that the owners are going to have to spend a considerable amount of time in Ottawa before they feel comfortable with putting a team on the rink.
What kind of hockey do you like?
The Ottawa Senators have had an interesting history over the years.
They have been a team for the last 50 years that has gone on to win the Stanley Cup in a variety of different ways, including in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.
What was the most memorable moment in the history of the Senators?
The team won the Stanley Trophy in 1972 and in the first game of the 1980s, the team won its first playoff series since 1965.
How do you feel about the current ownership group?
Bettmann has always been an investor.
He’s been in the business long enough that he has a good sense of what’s good for a business and what’s not.
He wants to invest and to invest wisely.
But he also has a sense of where the league is headed and how he feels about it