Gary Bettman is not well liked, and when he presents the Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe Trophy each year, he always gets handed a large dose of hate from the crowd, no matter which arena he's in. But after Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins, in which the Bruins won 4-0 to claim the greatest trophy in sports, Bettman received the hate more than perhaps he ever has.
The Rogers Arena crowd booed him so loudly that it was impossible to even hear him speak. Keep in mind, of course, that he had a microphone in his hand. Bettman was clearly yelling with all he had into that microphone while announcing that Tim Thomas had won the Conn Smythe Trophy.
To their credit, however, the booing stopped as soon as Thomas lifted the trophy and the cheers began -- only to resume again when Bettman tried to congratulate the Canucks and Bruins on a great series.
I'm sure he takes his huge salary and brushes it all off, but man, Bettman was torn a new one by the Vancouver crowd on Wednesday night.
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