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Commissioner Bettman first guest on 'Executive Suite' podcast

Interview-style show to feature in-depth conversations with influential figures in hockey world

by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL / NHL.com

NEW YORK -- Today, the National Hockey League launched NHL Executive Suite™, an interview-style podcast that features in-depth and candid conversations with influential figures in the hockey world -- including League executives and team owners, general managers and other executives.

NHL Executive Suite, hosted by hockey personality Deb Placey (@DebPlacey), is a bi-weekly podcast that will give listeners a taste of how each guest broke into the game, why they pursued their careers, how they see the future evolution of the sport and much more. The premiere episode features NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and is available now on NHL.com and multiple iOS and Android podcast Apps.

Episode 1 - 'The Commish': Among other topics, Commissioner Bettman discusses his wife's reaction to his upcoming Hall of Fame induction, his time at the NBA working under David Stern, what it was like to interview for the Commissioner's position in 1993 and how he knew Las Vegas was ready for an NHL franchise. He also reveals his favorite music, what he looks for when watching hockey game and how he'd like to be remembered when his time as the NHL Commissioner is up.

"Podcasting has become an incredible storytelling medium with impressive reach and one of the key components of our content strategy," said NHL Chief Content Officer & Executive Vice President Steve Mayer. "In our first interview-style podcast, we wanted to offer an engaging variety of interviews for hockey devotees that would also interest a broader audience."

Before joining the NHL in September, Placey, a native of St. Louis, Mo., spent the previous 23 years at MSG Network in a variety of roles -- including hosting the broadcast coverage for the New Jersey Devils from 2011-18 and New York Islanders for the 10 years prior to that.

Upcoming episodes of NHL Executive Suite, posted every other Wednesday, will feature Nashville Predators general manager David Poile and New York Islanders president and general manager Lou Lamoriello.

Fans can subscribe and listen to the NHL Executive Suite at NHL.com/Podcasts, Castbox, Deezer, Google Podcasts, iheartradio, iTunes, RadioPublic, Spotify, Stitcher and TuneIn Radio.

Earlier this month, NHL Fantasy On Ice™, a twice-weekly podcast dedicated to the fantasy hockey world, also debuted. Full episodes, posted every Tuesday and Friday, also can be found at NHL.com/Podcasts. NHL Podcasts are produced by NHL Original Productions.

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