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Lowe apologizes to any Oilers fans he may have offended

Apr 17, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

Oilers president of hockey operation Kevin Lowe admits that his emotions “ran a little high” at Monday’s press conference introducing Craig MacTavish as Edmonton’s new general manager.

Tuesday evening, Lowe offered an apology to Oilers fans he may have offended when he seemed to suggest ticket-buyers were more important than those who didn’t contribute as directly to the club’s bottom line.

Per the Edmonton Journal, his exact words on Monday were: “We have two types of fans. We have paying customers, and we have people that watch the game that we still care about. But certainly the people who go to the games and support, we spend a lot of time talking to them, delivering our message.”

Which led to the following clarification, made by video and posted to the club’s website: “We appreciate each and every fan. I did not make that clear yesterday. And if I offended anyone, I apologize.”

Of course, Lowe’s remark about “paying customers” wasn’t even the most memorable sound bite of a very memorable press conference.

That would probably be this: “I’ll say that there’s one other guy in hockey today that is still working in the game that has won more Stanley Cups than me. So I think I know a little bit about winning, if there’s ever a concern.”

The above was made after a reporter noted it’s been seven years since the Oilers made it to the Stanley Cup finals.

That was also the last time the team made the playoffs.

  1. withseidelinn - Apr 17, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Sorry buddy, the number of cups you won as a player doesn’t translate to success when you’re in management nor does it mean anything. Stop hiding behind an Oilers team that was good in the 80s and become accountable for a squad that cannot make the playoffs despite one of the youngest, most dynamic offensive lineups in the league. How does he expect to have success when he just shuffles the same individuals in the organization around to different positions??

    • rsl22 - Apr 17, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      That was exactly the thought I had listening to his press conference. I get it, you won Cups as a player. As a GM or whatever you call yourself now, you’ve been nothing short of pathetic.

      Did Lowe even graduate high school? Obviously players who have been around the NHL for 30+ years should know something about the game, but it amazes me that guys like Lowe with such little education can be in charge of multi-million dollar organizations.

      • withseidelinn - Apr 17, 2013 at 12:49 PM

        Exactly, at least he made a somewhat wise move by giving the position to MacTavish, who is very well educated compared to the rest of the staff. I still would have gone for someone completely new to the organization however.

      • rsl22 - Apr 17, 2013 at 1:04 PM

        MacTavish also killed a girl in a drunk driving accident and spent a year in the pen. If I did that, I’d never be able to get a decent job again. But look at him now, his mom must be so proud!

  2. gospitfires - Apr 17, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    my favorite part of all this is how he addressed that one reporter in his news conference who questioned what they have done, and he brings up the 1 game away from a cup. ignoring the fact that it was 7 years ago, the fact that 2 of the 3 previous years they missed the playoffs and were bounced in the first the one year they did make it, and now this will be the 6th straight non playoff season. This ownership group and the way they run this team is starting to look very much like my Detroit Lions did during the Matt Millen era.

    • rsl22 - Apr 17, 2013 at 12:44 PM

      That was pretty special. It was also great that he glossed over the fact that the Oilers were an 8 seed that year when they went to the Cup finals.

  3. stevedurbano - Apr 17, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    I saw the Blues play Edmonton last month (Blues won 3-0). They have great fans, especially for the price of the tickets. Before the game the main topic of conversation was “How much did you pay?”. The average was $150 in the nosebleeds. And at the end of the game they booed the Oilers off the ice. A guy sitting behind me yelled “I WANT MY MONEY BACK!!”. Classic, absolutely classic.

  4. shanesander - Apr 17, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    I find this pretty offensive as an Oilers fan living in Vancouver on Kevin Lowe’s part. Due to my location the only way I can watch the Oilers is NOT by being one of the 16,000+ in the arena, its on my laptop or tv on NHL Gamecenter or HNIC because I am in the blackout area. I bought gamecenter to watch the team and think the on-ice product has the POTENTIAL to head in the right direction but the management of the team stands in the way of the REALIZATION of that potential.

    Lowe joined the organization in 1998 and since then the only notable first round pick was Ales Hemsky before the organization got Stu MacGregor as it’s head scout and hit 07-Gagner, 08-Eberle, 09-Paajarvi, 10-Hall, 11-RNH, 12-Yakupov.

    Since 98 the Oilers have made the playoffs 6/15 years (40%), and made it past the 1st round 2/6 years (33%), had 5 head coaches and 3 GMs.

    Lowe has somehow ascended up the ranks and selling that this is a competitive team year after year. Yes, firing Tambellini was a good move because he was playing it safe too much and not willing to make bold moves (can’t believe WSH got Forsberg for Erat, couldn’t of moved Hemsky?). But at the end he’s fired everyone around him and he’s the only one left standing and really the only one who should be biting the bullet for the past 15 years of Oilers Hockey

    … sorry… long rant…

  5. phillyphanatic77 - Apr 17, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    If I was an Oilers fan I’d be seriously pissed about the nonstop cycle of nepotism that plagues the Edmonton “family”. There is a culture of losing that they seem to just recycle over and over by continuously moving the same parts to different positions. Promoting old friends and teammates doesn’t seem to work in that organization, or anywhere for that matter. They have a bright future, but fresh blood in the front office would serve them well.

  6. desertfan - Apr 17, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    He also called out a reporter for saying that McT was fired and said that he had actually resigned?????

  7. pensfan1 - Apr 17, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    He’s been shifting around for a new arena, even visiting Seattle when word was out there was a new one coming. I hope he remembers who will be building his new building. It won’t be the 16,000 paying customers. It will be ALL of Oiler nation and the rest of Edmonton, even the non-fans.

  8. ray2013 - Apr 17, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Kevin Lowe is made of teflon. No matter what goes wrong with this team, he’s never been to blame. It’s always everyone else.

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