Bettman: 'Two great hockey markets' in Cup Finals

Bettman: 'Two great hockey markets' in Cup Finals
June 12, 2013, 9:30 pm
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Michael Felger interviews NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on Pregame Live before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Among other topics, the two discuss the first original six match-up in the Stanley Cup finals in more than 30 years.

Felger asked the commissioner if the league could have asked for a better Finals matchup.

"These playoffs have been incredibly exciting," Bettman said, pointing out the Bruins near elimination by the Maple Leafs in the first round and the Blackhawks overcoming a 3-1 series deficit vs. the Red wings.

"They've been nothing short of of entertaining, exciting and unpredictable," Bettman said.

As for Boston vs. Chicago, the commissioner said the Finals matched "two great hockey hockey markets, two great arenas and two great fan bases."

As for the season shortened by the lockout and the thinking that maybe fewer regular season games are a good thing, Bettman disagreed.

"People couldn't get enough hockey," Bettman said. "We now have labor peace, so people won't have to think about what we went through [with the lockout]. We want to get back to business as usual [with a 82-game regular-season schedule]."

For the complete discussion, watch the attached video.