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Gary Bettman Tops Globe & Mail's "Power 50" List Of Canadian Sports Figures

NHL Commissioner GARY BETTMAN tops this year's "Power 50" list of Canadian sports figures as ranked by the GLOBE & MAIL, and the paper's Eric Duhatschek writes Bettman is “nothing if not stubbornly convinced of the rightness of his own position," and he was convinced following the league’s lockout that its “ultra-loyal fans would return, no matter what." Now, some “two-thirds of the way through the lockout-shortened 48-game season, it looks as though he will be proved right.” It is Bettman’s “involvement in the lockout -- and its eventual resolution -- plus a laundry list of the things that remain on his personal to-do list in its aftermath that put him into the No.1 spot.” The full list is below (GLOBE & MAIL, 3/26).

RANK
EXEC
1
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman
2
Rogers Communications President & CEO Nadir Mohamed/Bell Canada President & CEO George Cope 
3
Canadian Olympic Committee President Marcel Aubut
4
Blue Jays President & CEO Paul Beeston/Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos
5
CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon
6
Rogers Media President Keith Pelley
7
Hockey HOFer Ken Dryden/St. Michael's College School Learning Enrichment Dir Barbara Csenge
8
Penguins C Sidney Crosby
9
Flames co-Owner Murray Edwards
10
CBC Exec VP/English Services Kirstine Stewart
11
Quebecor Media President & CEO Pierre-Karl Peladeau
12
CTV President of Sports & Exec VP/Programming Phil King
13
Lightning VP & GM Steve Yzerman
14
NHL COO John Collins
15
UFC fighter Georges St-Pierre
16
NHL Jets co-Owners Mark Chipman/David Thomson
17
Soccer player Christine Sinclair
18
Hudson's Bay Co. President Bonnie Brooks/Royal Bank of Canada President & CEO Gordon Nixon/Canadian Tire Co. President & CEO Stephen Wetmore
19
IMG Canada VP Peter Sisam
20
Oilers Owner Daryl Katz
21
Molson Coors President & CEO Peter Swinburn
22
Ontario Hockey League Commissioner & Canada Hockey League President David Branch
23
Scotiabank CEO Richard Waugh
24
Canadiens Owner Geoff Molson
25
Olympic wrestler Carol Huynh
26
Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis
27
Own the Podium CEO Anne Merklinger
28
Former Olympic speedskater Clara Hughes
29
Former Olympic skier Steve Podborski
30
CBC's Don Cherry
31
Reds 1B Joey Votto
32
NHLPA Exec Dir Donald Fehr
33
Tennis player Milos Raonic
34
Blue Jays' starting rotation
35
Raptors President & GM Bryan Colangelo
36
CAA hockey agents Pat Brisson/JP Barry
37
Hockey Canada President & CEO Bob Nicholson
38
Canucks President & GM Mike Gillis
39
Doping Control Laboratory Dir Christiane Ayotte
40
Cyclist Ryder Hesjedal
41
MLS Impact President Joey Saputo/Toronto FC President & GM Kevin Payne/Whitecaps Owner Greg Kerfoot
42
Canucks co-Owner & Chair Francesco Aquilini
43
OSEG Sports Properties President Jeff Hunt
44
NHL Senior VP/Integrated Marketing Susan Cohig
45
Hockey HOFer Wayne Gretzky
46
Sports psychologist Kimberley Amirault-Ryan
47
RDS President Gerry Frappier
48
Former tennis player Rebecca Marino
49
CFL B.C. Lions and Argonauts Owner David Braley
50
High school basketball player Andrew Wiggins

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