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Ilitches 'extremely sorry,' thank fans for support

Updated: March 15, 2005, 5:56 PM ET
Associated Press

DETROIT -- The owners of the Detroit Red Wings apologized in full-page newspaper ads for the loss of the NHL season.

In a letter published Tuesday in the sports sections of the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News, Mike and Marian Ilitch said they were "extremely sorry" the Red Wings did not play because of the lockout, and thanked the fans for their loyalty.

"The decision by the league to cancel the season until a new CBA (collective bargaining agreement) was agreed upon ...

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