I guess they didn't really have a choice but to let the commissioner of the National Hockey League speak for a minute or two at this year's Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony, but man, that doesn't mean the crowd had to like it.
Bettman did indeed talk, and the speech was fine, honoring the four inductees as is typical. He even alluded to the lockout, talking about the "difficult times" the league currently faces. Meanwhile, the crowd, including the four inductees, made the thing super, super awkward/awesome.
Gary Bettman receives the most obligatory applause in the history of the Hall of Fame.— Jesse Spector (@jessespector) November 13, 2012
The crowd is literally yawning and rolling their eyes at Gary Bettman.— Travis Hughes (@TravisSBN) November 13, 2012
Camera caught Oates with a rather fixed glare at Bettman as he walked off stage. Icy.— Joe Yerdon (@JoeYerdonPHT) November 13, 2012
Still playing for the good guys after all these years. RT @jessespector: Sundin is staring daggers as Bettman speaks. Wow.— Ricardo Yantologist (@ryantologist) November 13, 2012