Edmonton Oilers owner Daryl Katz is apologizing to Edmontonians for the way he has acted during negotiations for the downtown arena.
Katz wrote a letter of apology, which appeared in an ad in Edmonton’s major newspapers, Saturday.
In the letter Katz wrote,
“I was upset when certain confidential information was leaked and by comments 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.”
Katz goes on to state that he took the fans’ love and support for the Oilers for granted.
“That was wrong, and I apologize.”
The letter comes five days after the Katz group shocked Oilers fans by paying a visit to Seattle.
Katz, the team president Patrick LaForge and president of hockey operations Kevin Lowe were in Seattle on Monday for meetings about a possible relocation to the city.
In Katz’s apology letter, he writes that Edmonton needs the Oilers and the Oilers need Edmonton.
He says he will continue to work with the City to “forge a win-win partnership.”
Read the letter in its entirety below: