A little more than 21 years ago, at a news conference in Anaheim to announce the birth of the
The first words reminding him of that day inspired Bettman to reenact that duck-call moment, certainly one of the most memorable occasions in the team's early history.
“I don’t have the call but I have the picture,” Bettman said Monday before the Ducks and
He also had a vision that hockey in Southern California, already entrenched with the presence of the Kings and given a lift by
"And I think there's still more yet to come," said Bettman, who has been visiting playoff cities since postseason play began.
"I think the best is still in front of it. If you look at the incredible development — it started with Wayne — but the fact that there's now a culture of hockey in Southern California, which is personified by what we're seeing in these playoffs, it cuts across what we did with realignment and what's being done at the grass roots and the rivalry that these teams have developed.
"And the fact that they've had excellent histories recently, with Stanley Cups."
Bettman also said that though he has had “lots of thoughts” about staging another outdoor game because of the success of the game played between the Kings and Ducks at
Bettman, a former