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Here’s Gene Simmons of KISS putting NHL commissioner Gary Bettman in a headlock (photo)


In a brilliant example of drastically disparate worlds colliding, Gary Bettman, the National Hockey League’s pencil-necked commissioner and Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, the only original and still-relevant founding members of KISS, descended upon Los Angeles recently and crossed paths.

Where, possibly, could these three fellas from seemingly different universes wind up in the same place at the same time, you ask? At the NHL Stadium Series game between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks on Jan. 25 at Dodger Stadium, of course.

And in arguably one of the greatest photos not only in NHL history but arguably of all-time, Gene Simmons in full “The Demon” regalia, costume makeup and all, menacingly stood behind Bettman, stuck his infamous serpentine tongue out of his mouth and put Bettman in a headlock. And Paul Stanley? He just looks on, probably trying to remember if he drank his Metamucil that morning.

And the camera clicked. And the way in which Gary Bettman is perceived has been forever changed, arguably for the better. He seems more with-it, more hip, more happening, despite the look of abject terror on his face. God only knows how many groupies he bagged in La La Land on this night.

Beth, I hear you callin’
But I can’t come home right now
Me and the boys are posin’
And we got Gary Bettman in a headlock

Okay, that’s weaksauce. Further, Peter Criss sang that song and he’s nowhere to be found in the above photograph of unquestioned brilliance.

[H/T Puck Daddy]