AP Source: NHL Commissioner Bettman signs deal through '22

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman speaks at a news conference before the NHL All-Star hockey game skills competition Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) A person familiar with the situation says NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has signed a contract through 2022.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on Sunday morning on condition of anonymity because the NHL didn't announce the move.

Bettman has been the league's leader since 1993 when it had 24 teams. Now, it has 30 franchises and there may be one or two more in a couple of years.

The NHL has had three lockouts under Bettman. Labor strife eliminated the 2004-05 season and shortened the 2012-13 and 1994-95 seasons. The current collective bargaining agreement with the NHL Players' Association expires in 2022, the same year Bettman's latest contract ends.