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.


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


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


  • Birth Name: Gary Bruce Bettman
  • Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
  • Profession: NHL commissioner

Trending TonightSee all »

Watch This

BONES:  When an affluent prep school student is found dead Brennan (Emily Deschanel, R) proves that it was indeed murder, not suicide in the BONES episode "A Boy In A Tree" airing Tuesday, Sept. 20 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  Also pictured:  David Boreanaz (C).  ™©2005 Fox Broadcasting Co.  Cr:  Sam Urdank/FOX.
5 Things to Watch Today – March 28, 2017

The Bones series finale!