Bettman: New owner brightens Blues' status

Friday, May 11, 2012

ST. LOUIS -- NHL commissioner Gary Bettman gave his stamp of approval to new St. Louis Blues ownership, saying the franchise's financial picture is much improved.

Bettman spent time at the podium alongside Tom Stillman, a beer distributor who heads an all-local ownership group, at a news conference Thursday.

"We know the future is extraordinarily bright," said Bettman, who referred to the Blues as a member of the NHL's "Original 12" franchises.

"I know he won't rest until the players are hoisting the Stanley Cup."

-- Associated Press

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