PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 23: Owner of the St. Louis Blues Tom Stillman attends day two of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft at Consol Energy Center on June 23, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) By Bruce Bennett
(HockeyStL) – St. Louis Blues owner Tom Stillman apologized to fans on Monday for the 113-day lockout that saw hundreds of NHL games cancelled throughout the past couple months.
“As we prepare for the season opener, I want to apologize to all Blues fans, especially our season ticket holders, suite holders, and sponsors. We share in your disappointment and frustration about the lockout and the lack of Blues hockey over the past three months,” Stillman said in a statement posted to the St. Louis Blues’ website.
“As you can imagine, the last thing our new ownership group wanted in our first year was a lockout and no Blues hockey. Everyone in the organization—the players, hockey management, the front office – would have preferred to start the season on time.”
Stillman said the goals moving forward is to make up for lost time and earn the fans’ continued support.
“As I said last May, we are firmly committed to the Blues and to ensuring the franchise’s long-term success here in St. Louis. With the lockout behind us, we reaffirm that commitment. But we know we cannot succeed without you, and we hope you will continue to support us at this critical time,” Stillman said.
With the Blues coming off their first winning playoff series in several years, Stillman said he was excited for what should be a competitive, intense compressed race to playoffs.
“We can’t wait to get started, and we sincerely hope you will be there with us,” said Stillman. “Once again, I am sorry for the delay in starting the season. Thank you for your patience and support during the last few months. We hope to see you at a Blues game soon.”