In Gary Bettmans illustrious career he has had ample opportunity to fine tune hockey played at the NHL level into an elite, competitive, entertaining showcase of skill, raw emotion, and power. Time and time again, he has failed. Each ill-conceived idea, cloaked in promise and marketing has deteriorated miserably either due to lack of follow-through or because the idea was flawed from its conception.

And now hes done it again. Measures that were supposed to speed up the game and allow the skills of the players to shine through have degenerated into a demonstration of how beautifully they skate into the penalty box. In todays game, players can slash someone in the neutral zone with impunity, but cannot make contact in the corners while theyre mucking for the puck.

The players are all off balance; the teams are off balance. The rules were supposed to encourage puck control and possession, but dump and chase teams are near the top of the standings. Why? Because players are still beaten down when they skate through the neutral zone. If a puck is dumped into the corner, however, there can be no contact.

If Mr. Bettmans intent was to change the way the game is played, he has certainly succeeded. It is not even a quarter of the way through the season and we have seen the changes: players without possession are grabbed in the neutral zone with no penalty called and skaters pull up short when they get to the corners so as not to incur a certain penalty.

Coaches dont know what to tell their players about the rules and they are fined for saying so. Players dont understand why a call is made and are fined if they ask. Well, we the fans cannot be fined for speaking up and it is our duty to do so.

These new rules, while making the game painful for players and fans alike, are not the only issue here. The larger picture is Mr. Bettmans chronic disregard for the input from the two most important elements of the NHL the fans and players. Yes, without owners the NHL would not be what it is today, but without fans and players it wouldnt exist at all. The time has come to force Mr. Bettman to acknowledge the input of the fans when making decisions regarding what is most certainly our game as much as his.

Let your voices be heard, show Mr. Bettman how many fans are displeased with what he has done to professional hockey. Sign below.

In addition to signing, please consider the following: Gary Bettman made a deal with an organization called the National Hockey League Fan Association (NHLFA). He stated (in an uncanny moment of reason) that if they could truly claim that they were representative of NHL fans then he would acknowledge that organization as the voice of the fan provided membership exceeded 75,000.

Current membership is at almost 20,000. If you are serious enough to sign a petition, then visit www.nhlfa.com and sign up (it is free). If the NHLFA can reach the membership goal then perhaps, with your continued input and drive, it can spur some real change in the NHL as the officially recognized advocate for fans worldwide.

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