NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has said the league will continue “to focus on what [we have]”.
The announcement of the new social media platform comes after a tumultuous year for the league and it’s impact on its reputation.
“I believe we’ve seen the effects of the growth of social media, especially with regards to the NHL and its social responsibility, that is, how it is an opportunity for fans and players to interact with one another, and that is really important,” Bettman said during an interview with NHL Network.
“As we get older, our society is changing, and so there’s always going to be an opportunity to reach a broader audience.
We’re certainly going to continue to be in a position to do that.”
The NHL is the first to launch a new social platform for fans after a number of other leagues announced their own initiatives to encourage social interaction and engagement.
In a joint statement with the NHL Players’ Association, the league said it is “committed to our partnership with the League Players’ Council to further enhance the experience of hockey fans”.
“This partnership has been a long-standing tradition in our collective efforts to build an inclusive, respectful, inclusive hockey community,” the statement read.
“Our goal is to bring fans closer together and to create an environment that encourages and supports meaningful social interactions across the league.”
With the launch of NHL Social, the League is proud to continue the tradition of working with our players, coaches, and management to improve the experience for all fans.
“The new social network features a dedicated section for NHL games, along with an “Events” section that allows fans to post events in a specific area of the stadium.”
We’ve got some great events in our community,” Bettmen said, adding that the new platform will be used to “explore and develop new opportunities”.”
We’re not going to limit our engagement, we’re going to create more opportunities.
“Bettman said the new initiative is designed to “bring together all the different elements of our community”.”
It’s a really exciting new way of bringing all these different elements together, not only to make sure we’re not limiting our engagement but to actually be able to get to know each other and have a meaningful conversation about what we’re doing,” he said.”
And to be able, if we have some events we want to have that we can have a conversation about.
“Bettleman said that while the league is “absolutely” open to the possibility of working together with the players’ union, the NHL’s new social content would not include player-specific content.”
If they want to make some specific content, we would welcome that,” he added.”
What we’re really excited about, the social content is just going to get bigger and bigger.
It’s going to make more sense to get that content out there to all of our players.
“The statement also stated that the league has “not seen a reduction in our commitment” to player safety.”
The Commissioner believes that it’s important that players are involved in the safety of their fellow players, and the Commissioner has been extremely vocal in expressing our concern about safety,” the league statement read, before concluding: “The commissioner is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all fans, and we are taking every possible step to ensure that the NHL is a safe environment for all.
“Besieged by the NHLPA, the players union is demanding more from the league, which it claims has failed to address their concerns.”
There is a growing and vocal group of players who are not getting the same level of respect they deserve from the NHL,” NHLPA general counsel Doug Wilson said in a statement.”
While the Commissioner continues to work closely with the Players’ Union to improve safety and security of our game, the current situation with respect to the league’s safety measures is not sustainable.
“The union has said that it has not received a formal offer from the League to negotiate a new contract, but that it is willing to negotiate on behalf of players.
Wilson said that the union is also not willing to compromise its core values.”
It’s time for the NHL to address these concerns head-on.”