12/12/2012 09:06 am ET

Gary Bettman's 20-year Anniversary As NHL Commissioner: The Good, The Bad And The Unplayed

Do you hate Gary Bettman?

Good, because that's his job. Loather-in-chief. A sponge for your abhorrence, a deflector shield for whomever that hatred should be actually directed towards.

It's a rite of passage for a National Hockey League fan to blame every problem great or miniscule on Bettman because it feels right; Bettman is to bile as a teddy bear is to love — a magnet for such things.

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