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BETTMAN SAYS LEAGUE TO STAY THE COURSE ON NEW RULES
Published October 25, 1995
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said he was "surprised" by comments by Wayne Gretzky suggesting the league is already going back on its commitment to enforce non-obstruction rules. Gretzky had claimed the league was "in disarray over different interpretations of the new rules." Bettman said last night "we were surprised (by Gretzky's comments). Obviously we're going to have to go back and look ... I saw the (TV) interview, it was between periods, they were losing and maybe he was a little frustrated. But I want to assure him, our fans, and all the players that we intend to stay the course" (TORONTO STAR, 10/25). DON'T GO CHANGING: Reaction to a possible league change from three periods to two halves is not a big hit with Red Wings' players. Darren McCarty: "Its awful. Hockey is three periods, with two intermissions to refuel the popcorn and soda." Steve Yzerman: "Hockey is a great game that has been played for 100 years. I don't see any reason at all to change it" (DETROIT NEWS, 10/25).