In what’s becoming a common practice by the NHL’s owners after allowing a second lockout to take place in the last 10 years, Red Wings boss Mike Ilitch has issued an apology to the fans on behalf of the organization.
You can find the apology when going to DetroitRedWings.com but we’ve also included it below:
Dear Red Wings Fans,
In our now 30 years of owning the Red Wings franchise, we have experienced many ups and downs. No situation is more frustrating, though, than working through the process of establishing a new collective bargaining agreement. We join the rest of our organization today in thanking fans of Hockeytown for your patience over the last few months.
We are sorry for the delay in starting the season and the unfortunate public nature of the negotiations. Thankfully, with this new deal, we will be assured of a settled labor environment for many years to come.
We recognize that no team excels like this one has without incredible fan support. And we understand the special bond that has been formed over the years: we do not take lightly our responsibility as owners.
Thank you for being a part of our team. We look forward to delivering another memorable season of Red Wings hockey.
Marian & Mike Ilitch
I never thought Mike Ilitch was the problem when it came to the NHL lockout. He’s always been a dedicated owner willing to do whatever was necessary for his teams to win. Still Ilitch is going to be guilty by association for some which in a way is understandable.
Nonetheless the apology is a good gesture and certainly welcomed.