With those famous words, then-32-year-old defenseman Chris Chelios laid down the gauntlet for every crass word directed at the NHL commissioner by an active player. It’s one heck of a gauntlet. We’re still talking about it 18 years later.
That is, unless you forgot or weren’t alive in 1994 — in which case, you’ll be talking about it now …
A few things to remember first:
1. Bettman was one year into his term as commissioner. His knowledge of the game has grown in the years since.
3. The 1994-95 lockout lasted 104 days. Imagine what a 50-year-old Chelios would say now!