This is a decent article, for those of you don't follow too closely, what Hockey fans have had to deal with lately. Unhappy anniversary - NHL - Yahoo! Sports As the conspiracy theory goes, Stern sensed the potential trouble in 1993 while the NHL was in search of a new commissioner. So he looked around his own office for someone so incompetent that if they got the job, the NHL would be marginalized by their mismanagement and never again be a threat to the NBA. Naturally, Stern recommended one of his assistants, Gary Bettman, for the job. Yep. Makes sense to me. Seriously though, that guy thinks that the NHL has the power to expand like the NBA. Moron.