Sep 29, 2012, 12:37 PM EDT
Edmonton Oilers owner Daryl Katz has been fighting with the Edmonton city council for more money to build a new arena. When they turned him down, the Oilers opened the door to the possibility of relocation.
The Edmonton Oilers’ official twitter account retweeted a story about the possibility of Edmonton losing the team and the franchise began to publicly weigh their options, including a possible move to Seattle.
Now Katz has a message to the fans of Edmonton: He’s sorry.
“I took for granted your support and your love of the Oilers,” Katz said in a full page ad in the Edmonton Journal. “That was wrong, and I apologize.”
Katz said his intentions were to show the City leaders that his support couldn’t be taken for granted and that he bought the Oilers in the first place because he wants to build a sustainable franchise in Edmonton.
Here’s the text of the full page ad, again, courtesy of the Edmonton Journal:
To the People of Edmonton, Northern Alberta and Oilers Fans Everywhere,
I owe you an explanation.
I was upset when certain conﬁdential information was leaked and by comments that I thought were unfair and called my integrity into question. I reacted by trying to send a message to City leaders that they should not take my support for a new arena for granted.
In doing so, I took for granted your support and your love of the Oilers.
That was wrong, and I apologize.
The best I can say is that I did it because I’m ﬁghting for a deal that will enable the team to stay in Edmonton – and not because I want them to be anywhere else.
That’s why I bought the Oilers in the ﬁrst place. Because I want the NHL to be sustainable in Edmonton for the long-term, and because I saw the city’s need for a new arena as an opportunity to transform our city for the better.
In hindsight, I have underestimated the degree to which it would be up to us to make the case for public funding. As I think you all know by now, public communications is not in my nature. Chalk that up as a personal shortcoming.
The simple fact is that the Oilers need Edmonton, and Edmonton needs the Oilers. Each is an integral part of the fabric and identity of the other.
We are continuing to work with City Administration to forge a win-win partnership that will beneﬁt our city and that we can all be proud of.
I hope we can count on your support.
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It boils down to mistakes of all kinds.
Jun 20, 2013, 12:41 AM EDT
What a difference one goal makes.
Jun 20, 2013, 12:37 AM EDT
He played less than three minutes in Game 4.
Jun 20, 2013, 12:25 AM EDT
“If he sees the puck, he’s going to be almost impossible to beat.”
Jun 19, 2013, 11:54 PM EDT
His middle name isn’t “Game Over.” We checked.
Jun 19, 2013, 11:40 PM EDT
It’s now 2-2 after an exciting 6-5 thriller.
Jun 19, 2013, 11:08 PM EDT
The Bruins won’t give up.
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Jun 19, 2013, 9:22 PM EDT
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Michal Handzus scores first, Rich Peverley ties it.
Jun 19, 2013, 8:33 PM EDT
The money part has been settled, according to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston.
Jun 19, 2013, 8:14 PM EDT
In case you were worrying about another late scratch.
Jun 19, 2013, 7:22 PM EDT
The Swede wasn’t getting benched during playoff games, for one.
Jun 19, 2013, 6:21 PM EDT
Tough timing for free agent Mason Raymond.
Jun 19, 2013, 5:50 PM EDT
37-year-old ‘tender ready to call it a career.
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That’s a picture of Mike Komisarek.
Jun 19, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT
Pittsburgh’s Dan Bylsma considered to be a favorite for the position.
Jun 19, 2013, 4:44 PM EDT
Which could be why they end up swapping coaches.
Jun 19, 2013, 3:20 PM EDT
The players’ union and Board of Governors will vote near the end of the exhibition campaign.
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