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Volume 24 No. 155
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Bettman: Montreal Lacked Outdoor Venue For 100th Anniversary Game

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman on Friday said that the league "wanted to hold an outdoor game in Montreal to mark its 100th anniversary, but couldn't find a suitable venue." Holding a game at the domed Olympic Stadium "wasn't considered, and Percival Molson Stadium, which is 102 years old, is too small and antiquated." Bettman said, "We're not ignoring the occasion. Everyone seems to be focused on why didn't we have an outdoor game. We couldn't do it. We wanted to. We tried, but it just didn't work" (AP, 11/17).

Meanwhile, Bettman said that the league "will generate between" $4.5-5B this year. On the state of the NHL, he said, "I don't believe the game has been stronger in terms of the competitiveness ... the excitement and entertainment our games provide" (TORONTO STAR, 11/18).