Gary Bettmans retirement has been announced by the NHL.
The Minnesota Wild announced Monday that Bettman will retire after the 2020-21 season.
Bettman was the NHL’s commissioner from 2000-03 and served as the league’s commissioner and general manager from 2007-09.
He has also served as commissioner of the National Hockey League from 2006-10.
The NHL’s first black commissioner, Bettman has also been the face of the game.
In a statement, the Wild said Bettman had a lifelong commitment to hockey and was proud to have played a role in bringing the sport to millions of fans around the world.
“We are excited that Gary Bettson will be retiring after an illustrious and successful career that saw him win two Stanley Cups, win three league titles, three Presidents’ Trophies and a world championship with the Minnesota Wild,” the statement read.
The success of the network and its global reach have helped spur an unprecedented expansion of the league to 28 teams, the most ever. “
Bettmans vision for bringing hockey to all fans and all generations of fans was the driving force behind the creation of the NHL Network, which has been instrumental in bringing a new generation of hockey fans to the forefront of the hockey experience.
The success of the network and its global reach have helped spur an unprecedented expansion of the league to 28 teams, the most ever.
Bettman was also instrumental in the growth of the women’s league, the Developmental Hockey League, and the men’s league.”
In addition to the NHL, Bettmann has been a part of the U.S. Olympic team since 2002.