NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says he’s “not ready” to wear suits for his first year as commissioner.
He was asked during a news conference Tuesday if he had any questions about suits and if he would wear them in a suit in his first season.
Bettman was asked if he thought suits were appropriate for the job, and if they should be a part of his outfit.
“No, it’s not difficult to wear them,” he said.
“I don’t have a wardrobe that I can put on for a couple of days.
I don’t wear a suit, and I don´t wear them when I go out to dinner.
I try not to wear anything that is a suit-type thing.”
Bettman said the goal was to be able to wear his suit every day.
The NHL has had a long history of wearing suits in some capacity, from the pre-merger days when the NHL was a division of the American Hockey League, to the recent season when the league expanded to 20 teams.
The league also has a tradition of wearing hats in the playoffs.
Bettmen said it’s important for players to be on the ice when it counts.
“When I see a guy who’s not on the line I have to make a decision,” he told reporters Tuesday.
“If you get the puck in front of him, he’s got to be ready to go.
If you get a shot off, he needs to be prepared.
Or is he not? “
It’s just a matter of, is that guy on the other side of the rink ready to get in there and play?
Or is he not?
Bettmen also noted that the NHL has made strides in the workplace with the hiring of more female and minority managers. “
You’ve got to make the best decision you can, but if you’re in that situation, then you’ve got an advantage.”
Bettmen also noted that the NHL has made strides in the workplace with the hiring of more female and minority managers.
Bettmans wife, Linda, is the new president of the National Hockey League Players’ Association, and Bettman is working to bring her in.