Edmonton Oilers owner Daryl Katz issued an open letter to Edmonton residents and Oilers fans on Saturday, apologizing for the way he has handled negotiations for a new downtown arena.
In the letter, which appears in a full page ad in Saturday’s Edmonton Journal, Katz tells fans that he "took for granted your support and your love of the Oilers." He goes on to say "That was wrong, and I apologize." Katz’s letter comes five days after he sparked a powerful backlash among Edmonton residents by making a trip to Seattle, a city that hopes to secure an NHL franchise. Katz, along with former Oilers star Wayne Gretzky, team executives Kevin Lowe and Craig MacTavish and club president Patrick LaForge, visited Seattle on Monday – the same day that Seattle city council approved a wealthy hedge-fund manager's plan for a new, $490-million arena. Edmonton fans reacted strongly against Katz’s trip, which was seen as a threat to move the team if he doesn’t get the deal he wants on the downtown arena.
Sat, Sep 29, 2012 11:10:00 AM