Over The Boards: NHL tries to stickhandle through new world of gambling

The NHL’s about-face on gambling on hockey games — and it’s an incredible 180-degree turn from as recently as three years ago — could have repercussions which change Canadian betting laws.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman cozied up to MGM Resorts International chair Jim Murren on Monday to announce a partnership in which MGM would access NHL data to help it launch expanded gambling in hockey.

“This is good news,” said Paul Burns, president and chief executive officer of the Canadian Gaming Association. “This is the first betting partnership the league has entertained. It’s a significant move. From a league that was against our efforts a few years ago to where they are today, we welcome that. Thank you. It’s to be celebrated.”

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