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What Gary has given us

Updated: February 2, 2007, 2:24 PM ET
By Joy Russo
Thursday marked the 14-year anniversary of Gary Bettman's tenure as NHL commissioner. Like anyone, ol' Gar has had some highs and some lows. With the help of our ESPN research gurus, here's a rundown:

• The league switched to the 16-team playoff format starting in 1993-94. Unlike the NBA, the lower seeds DO have a chance in the first round and, well, the game is actually watchable. How many early NBA playoff rounds have been that memorable?

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