Chicago, IL, United States (4E Sports) – Calling it a mistake, Chicago Blackhawks center Dave Bolland is remorseful after retweeting a post that called for NHL commissioner Gary Bettman’s death.
Bolland retweeted a Twitter post from an irate hockey fan that read: “can I get a RT for wanting Bettman dead?” He later deleted the retweeted post.
“It was a mistake, I never meant to retweet that out,” Bolland told ESPN.com. “I like to retweet for a lot of my fans, and I just retweeted the wrong thing. I feel bad about it.”
Bolland is not new to controversies as he reaped criticisms last year for referring to Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks as “sisters” and the city of Vancouver as “weirdos.”
Hockey fans and players alike are venturing to Twitter to express their displeasure over Bettman, whose tenure is now experiencing a third lockout since 1993. The last lockout forced the cancellation of the entire 2004-05 season.
Detroit Red Wings defenseman Ian White recently called Bettman an “idiot” while Florida Panthers forward Kris Versteeg tagged Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly as “cancers.”
The NHL recently announced another round of cancellations, shelving all regular-season games through Dec. 14 as well as the All-Star Game in Columbus, Ohio on Jan. 27.
The cancellation has cost the league 422 regular-season games or 34.3 percent of the season as well as its marquee event, the annual Winter Classic.
After a series of meetings, the NHL and the players union have no scheduled negotiations to iron out the labor impasse.