NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman held the annual Stanley Cup pre-final press conference before the first game between the Chargers and the Canadians on Monday.
He talked about many topics including Sexual assault allegations In the Blackhawks; he said the league only recently learned of the charges against former Blackhawks coach Brad Aldridge. He called this a “litigation matter.” He said that the NHL will wait for the results of an independent investigation, but said the league can assess the punishment for individuals or clubs.
“If there is something worthy of punishment, all options are available,” he said. “What we know is based on public content. That is why we will be interested in seeing what the investigation reveals and what is not revealed. I don’t think everyone needs to go beyond themselves. These are all accusations… when After we obtain all the information, we will take necessary and appropriate measures.”
Bateman spontaneously also talked about recent rumors about refereeing the playoffs.
“Let us be clear. Our officials are not only the best hockey officials in the world, they are also the best officials in any sport,” he said. “Our officials are the most difficult game to host because no sport can match the speed and instant reaction time required to make or not make hundreds of calls in real time.
“Yes, our officials missed calls, not as many as some people suggested, but they occasionally miss calls, just like coaches and players make mistakes, officials sometimes make mistakes. We don’t like this happening. In fact, “
The commissioner also touched on some other topics. Sports news has all the following information:
What are the key dates and information for the upcoming 2021-22 NHL season?
The NHL will release next season’s schedule sometime between now and the draft scheduled for July 23-24. Although the overall appearance is to be determined, there are some known things today:
- This Winter classic came back. On Saturday, January 1, the Minnesota Wilds will host the St. Louis Blues at Target Field in Minneapolis.
- This 2022 All-Star Game The weekend celebration will be held in Las Vegas.
- The Predators will be in 2022 Stadium Series February 26, 2022 at the Nissan Stadium in the NFL.
- NHL is planning a Inherit the classics The 2021-22 season is in Canada.
Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet tweeted after the press conference that next year’s draft will be held in Montreal.
Montreal NHL Draft in 2022
— Elliott Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) June 28, 2021
Will NHL players participate in the 2022 Beijing Olympics?
“We don’t know now,” Bateman said, emphasizing that time is of the essence.
According to Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, who attended the press conference with Bateman, the remaining problems are “the game is on the other side of the earth” and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“That said, we negotiated sincerely with the Players Association last summer,” he added. “We agree that if the conditions are right, we can reach agreement on all substantive issues, and we will promise and support participation in the Olympics.”
Will the team get a compliance acquisition in 2021-22?
The answer is probably no. According to Bateman, many things that have happened in recent history are due to lack of income.
“We believe that our existing measures are aimed at adjusting the size of our economy and recovering our overpayments,” he said. Therefore, we have formulated and reached an agreement with the Players Association, and I don’t think it will change. “
Will the helmet sponsor stay?
Yes it is. However, Bateman pointed out that there will be no ads on the jerseys next season.
As sports betting grows, will injuries, lineups and starting goalkeepers become more transparent?
According to a report by Daly, this is a no. He said that the sports betting partners did not request any changes to the current NHL policy.
“In the final analysis, we must formulate policies to promote ice games (which is the most important),” he said.