The on-ice awarding of the Stanley Cup to the captain of the championship winning team is an iconic moment for all fans of hockey. In the years of your tenure, this moment is perennially tainted by the raucous booing brought about by your mere presence on the ice. Regardless of whether this ire is deserved or not, nearly the entire fan base of the sport you've sworn to uphold the integrity of, to say the least, does not want you to play a part in the ceremony of handing over the Stanley Cup to the victorious team.
This is the third lockout under your tenure as commissioner of the NHL. The entire fan base that enables any salary to be attached with your position whatsoever, is for the majority, irreconcilably upset with the handling of this last lockout. It will take overwhelming positivity from all parties involved (league officials, team owners, and players) for we the fans to move forward without harboring overwhelming disdain.
You're would-be presence on the ice to award the Stanley Cup in 2013 is counterproductive to protecting the integrity of the sport of hockey and the NHL organization. Nearly every NHL fan across the planet, justifiably so or not, hates you. Do the fans and the sport of hockey a service by removing yourself from what should be a purely positive and iconic NHL tradition. You're presence on the ice after a third lockout under your guise will no doubt create an environment nothing short of hostile. This gesture would go a long way in allowing we the fans to put the past behind us and move forward.
- Gary Bettman
Suspend the tradition of NHL commissioners personally awarding the Cup
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