Fast Facts

  • Was a New York Islanders fan growing up in Queens.
  • Worked for the NYC law firm Proskauer Rose Goetz and Mendelsohn.
  • Served as senior vice president and general counsel of the NBA before leaving for the NHL in 1992.
  • Became the NHL's first commissioner after a unanimous vote in December of 1992.
  • Oversaw both the 1994-95 and 2004-05 NHL lockouts.


  • Jordan Bettman — Son
  • Shelli Bettman — Wife
  • Jeffrey Pollack — Half Brother
  • Brittany — Daughter
  • Lauren — Daughter


  • Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (1974); New York University School of Law, New York, NY (1977)


  • Birth Name: Gary Bruce Bettman
  • Birth Place: New York, NY
  • Birthday: July 2, 1952, Cancer
  • Profession: NHL commissioner

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