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Gary Bettman insulted by Leafs prospect on live media


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River Hawk
June 29, 2024  (8:53 PM)
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31st overall draft pick Ben Danford
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After being drafted 31st overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ben Danford shocked fans by insulting NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman during the live broadcast.

Last night saw the first round of the 2024 NHL draft, during which 32 top prospects would be claimed by their potential future franchise. The Toronto Maple Leafs got ahold of the 31st pick overall, using it to draft Oshawa Generals defenseman Ben Danford.
"The @MapleLeafs select Ben Danford with the 31st pick! "

Getting drafted in the first round is always a dream come true for any young hockey player. However, this meant double for Danford who shared that he has been a diehard Leafs fan his whole life.
"Growing up, I've been a lifelong diehard Leafs fan. To get drafted by them means that much more."

However, his drafting process did not go without issue. During his time on stage, he shook hands with his future head coach and GM Craig Berube and Brad Treliving. However, he snubbed NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman at the end of the line and proceeded to put on his jersey instead.
"Big Ben Danford fan already"


Naturally, this has some mixed reactions from fans. While many appreciate the subtle dig at Bettman, others are worried this will impact the player's and Maple Leafs' chance at a cup during the rest of his time as commissioner.
While it has been 31 years since the last Canadian Stanley Cup win, it is hard to imagine that one missed handshake will be the reason for a continued drought. Regardless, Toronto fans will have a new player to look out for who is not afraid to get back at Bettman.
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