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NHL boss: Proactive stance on off-ice conduct helps prevent scandals

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 20:06:18 +0000

Fitzgerald Cecilio - 4E Sports Reporter

Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) - National Hockey League (NHL) commissioner Gary Bettman said the league has avoided domestic violence and other scandals so far through its proactive stance about its players' off-ice conduct.

"Hockey educates its players on important issues and sports can be a vehicle for positive social change," said Bettman during the luncheon for The Canadian Club of Toronto.

Bettman also sympathized with the current situation of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell as he deals with domestic violence scandals.

"I can relate in terms of being under constant media scrutiny. I'm happy being in hockey. I love where I am," he said.

Meanwhile, Bettman also insisted the NHL is not interested in expanding any time soon amid reports that the league is planning to add teams in markets such as Seattle, Las Vegas or Quebec City.

"The fact is, this is the most stable our franchises have ever been, the healthiest we've been as a league, but we're not looking to expand right now," Bettman said.

"No teams are relocating. I'm not suggesting that at some point in the future we might not look at it, but we're not ready to do it now, and I don't want to build up anybody's expectations," he added.

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