NEW YORK - National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman today made the following statement on the passing of Columbus Blue Jackets owner John H. McConnell:
"There is an NHL team, and a terrific arena, in Columbus because of John McConnell. He loved the city, the Blue Jackets and the fans. He will always be remembered for his generosity and civic-mindedness. John was greatly respected and made a lasting contribution to the NHL. The entire NHL grieves his passing. Our condolences to John's family and to the Blue Jackets' organization."