By Jeff SinerstromPublished Nov 17, 2017 10:35AMORADO, Colo.
— NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Friday that he expects players to be more likely to opt for new equipment once the league is forced to buy more new equipment.
The NHL’s first season in 2017-18, the first since the expiration of the six-year, $1.8 billion television contract, has been plagued by player protests, injury and other issues.
Bettman said that while he would not say how much new equipment will be required in 2017, he would predict that players will want to get their hands on more of the new equipment to give them a competitive advantage.
Biden, the commissioner, also said the NHL is exploring the idea of moving the 2017 All-Star Game to an outdoor rink.
That would be in addition to a possible relocation of the 2019 All-Decade Game to the All-City Arena in St. Louis.
The All-Stars will play at the new facility in 2020.