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NHL fan honors vow, gets Gary Bettman tattoo on backside (pic)

Gary Bettman

A hockey fan showed he is a man of his word by getting the face of NHL commissioner Gary Bettman tattooed on his butt.

The sequence of events that culminated in Daylen Hopkins getting a Gary Bettman butt tattoo started innocently enough with a seemingly innocuous tweet by Hopkins’ outlook on the ultimate outcomes of a few first-round series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The problem was he did so by making a pretty bold prediction followed by a pretty horrible consequence should things not play out as he envisioned.

Suffice to say, both the Blackhawks and Kings were bounced out of the postseason by their first round opponents, the St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks, respectively. This left Hopkins confronted with a conundrum of sorts: Simply act like he never issued the tweet — or at least assert he simply was joking about getting a Bettman butt tattoo — or own up to his bold proclamation and get inked.

He chose the latter.

From his official Kickstarter page:

Back in late February, I made a regrettable tweet which said “I’ll get Gary Bettman’s face tattooed on my ass if Chicago and LA both get bounced in the first round.” I am a man of my word so, I’m raising this money partly for the tattoo but mostly for KidSportBC which helps underprivileged youth play sports.

Hopkins took to Twitter Wednesday to showcase to the world that he made good on his vow.

Sure makes the unflattering moniker bestowed upon Bettman, “Gary Buttman,” that much more apropos, huh?

“I’m a man of my word,” Hopkins told Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski in an email. “When it all actually happened I thought, ‘well, you gotta do it now.’”

Hopkins was asked if he hopes Bettman will ever see his visage memorialized on a man’s backside.

“I don’t know if he’ll be proud, but I do hope he sees it,” he said. “This tattoo is probably the most people will ever laugh about Gary Bettman in a non ‘I hate Gary Bettman’ way.”

He may be right no that one.