With Friday's announcement that the NHL's Winter Classic has been canceled, the current lockout has claimed its most significant casualty thus far. Gary Bettman's already got the lost season of 2004-05 and the "No Goal" controversy on his record. So does this cancellation represent one of his worst moments as NHL Commissioner?
One thing is for sure. There's plenty to choose from.
Whether it's Bettman's failed expansion agenda or the lack of the NHL's presence on ESPN, hockey fans can point to numerous negative transgressions during his tenure. Compiling a list of those is much easier than coming up with the positives he's brought to the league since 1993.
Ahead, we're going to examine the four worst moments in Bettman's 19 years as Commissioner in the wake of losing the NHL's signature event.