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BETTMAN AND CHELIOS EXCHANGE PEACE OFFERINGS
Published January 19, 1995
"In a conciliatory move designed to help put the ugliness of the last three months behind him," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman let Blackhawk Chris Chelios "off with a slap on the wrist" for threats Chelios directed at Bettman on the eve of the lockout. Chelios and Blackhawks GM Bob Pulford met with Bettman for 45 minutes yesterday in New York, at which time Chelios apologized again. Bettman, in a statement, "chastised" Chelios for his comments but noted that it was time move on: "We have a lot of healing to do in the National Hockey League, and it is important that we get started on that process right now." Bettman said he would have been "forced to discipline" Chelios had the comments been directed at a player, a team, or an executive or other league official." Chelios issued a written apology: "My comments were inexcusable, and I can't express how sorry I am" (Gary Miles, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 1/19).