10 Photos of Gary Bettman Awkwardly Posing With Celebrities

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Hockey: Stadium Series: Celebrity performer Gene Simmons of KISS with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman as bandmate Paul Stanley looks on before Los Angeles Kings vs Anaheim Ducks game at Dodger Stadium.  Los Angeles, CA 1/25/2014.
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The Stanley Cup Final, particularly one played between New York and Los Angeles, brings out lots of celebrities, A-list and otherwise. And in an underrated spring tradition, the Final also means lots of awkward photos of NHL commissioner Gary Bettman posing with famous people. Such photos aren't limited to the Final, but this is the busy season for fake smiles and confused expressions. The photo above of Bettman and the band Kiss, taken at January's outdoor game at Dodger Stadium, is hard to top. But here are nine other awkward photos of Bettman and celebrities through the years.

With Vince Vaughn:

CHICAGO - JANUARY 01:  (L-R) NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman poses with actor Vince Vaughn during the NHL Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks at Wrigley Field on January 1, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for NHLI) *** Local Caption *** Gary Bettman;Vince Vaughn
Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

With Snoop Dogg:

ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 30:  Rapper Snoop Dogg (L) and NHL commissioner, Gary Bettman pose for photos in the commissioner suite during Game Two of the 2007 NHL Stanley Cup Finals between the Ottawa Senators and the Anaheim Ducks on May 30, 2007 at Honda Center in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by John M. Heller/Getty Images for the NHL) *** Local Caption *** Snoop Dogg;Gary Bettman
Photo: John M. Heller/Getty Images

With Kate Bosworth:

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 04:  Gary Bettman (L) and Kate Bosworth attend Game One of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Staples Center on June 4, 2014 in Los Angeles, California  (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
Photo: Noel Vasquez/Getty Images

With Rex Ryan (who, as a reminder, will wear any hockey jersey you give him):

NEWARK, NJ - JUNE 02:  (L-R) New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettmen attend the Los Angeles Kings vs the New Jersey Devils game two during the 2012 Stanley Cup final at the Prudential Center on June 2, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Brian Killian/Getty Images)
Photo: Brian Killian/Getty Images

With Will Arnett and Jason Bateman:

VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 28:  (L-R) Actors Will Arnett and Jason Bateman and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman pose together during the men's gold medal hockey game between the United States and Canada in the NHL Hockey Suite at Canada Hockey Place on February 28, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images for NHL) *** Local Caption *** Will Arnett;Jason Bateman;Gary Bettman
Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

This photo with Retta is actually kind of nice, but whatever. Treat yo'self, Gary!

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 07:  Gary Bettman and Retta attend a hockey game between the New York Rangers and the Los Angeles Kings in Game Two of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Staples Center on June 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
Photo: Noel Vasquez/Getty Images

With Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos, and family:

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 09: (L-R) Actress/talk show host Kelly Ripa, Joaquin Antonio Consuelos, Commissioner of the National Hockey League Gary Bettman,  Actor Mark Consuelos, and  Michael Joseph Consuelos attends game 3 of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Madison Square Garden on June 9, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty Images

With Olympic snowboarders Nick Baumgartner and Seth Wescott:

VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 21:  (L-R) NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman poses for a photo with United States Olympic snowboarders Nick Baumgartner and Seth Wescott in the NHL hockey suite while watching the United States take on Canada at Canada Hockey Place on February 21, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Gary Bettman; Nick Baumgartner; Seth Wescott
Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

With Colin Hanks:

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 07:  Colin Hanks (L) and Gary Bettman attend a hockey game between the New York Rangers and the Los Angeles Kings in Game Two of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Staples Center on June 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
Photo: Noel Vasquez/Getty Images