The National Hockey League visits the NYSE to commemorate the start of the 2008-2009 NHL season. In honor of the occasion, Commissioner Gary Bettman rings The Opening BellSM, joined by NHL Alumni.
The season opened on October 4 with the New York Rangers vs. the Tampa Bay Lightning in Prague and the Ottawa Senators vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins in Stockholm. On October 9 the regular season will begin in the U.S. with the Stanley Cup winners the Detroit Red Wings vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs in Detroit.
The National Hockey League, founded in 1917, is the second-oldest of the four major professional team sports leagues in North America. Today, the NHL consists of 30 Member Clubs, each reflecting the League’s international makeup, with players from more than 20 countries represented on team rosters. According to a Simmons Market Research study, NHL fans are younger, more educated, more affluent, and access content through digital means more than any other sport. The NHL entertains more than 100 million fans each season in-arena and through its partners in national television (VERSUS, NBC, TSN, CBC, RDS, RIS, NASN, ASN and NHL Network) and radio (Westwood One, Sirius XM Radio and XM Canada). Through the NHL Foundation, the League’s charitable arm, the NHL raises money and awareness for Hockey Fights Cancer and NHL Youth Development, and supports the charitable efforts of NHL players. For more information on the NHL, log on to NHL.com. (Source: NHL)