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OIL KINGS WELCOME NEW OWNER

Edmonton, AB –  The Edmonton Oil Kings officially welcome their new owner.  Darryl Katz addressed the public for the first time on Wednesday afternoon since acquiring both the Oil Kings and Edmonton Oilers from the Edmonton Investors Group.  The billionaire adds two more brands to his already impressive list of assets including the Rexall family of pharmacies and the newly formed Rexall Sports Corporation.

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"As I’m sure you can all appreciate, this is an extrodinary, momentus and exciting day for me personally.  For my wife Rene, for my family, for all us at Katz Group and now Rexall Sports." said Katz in his opening remarks at the huge press conference which was fittingly held at centre ice at Rexall Place.   "I’m overwhelmed and I’m grateful for the support of everyone who has helped make today happen."

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Katz bid to purchase both the Edmonton Oilers as well as the Edmonton Oil Kings was met with unanimous approval from the Western Hockey League Board of Governors last month in Calgary.

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Katz is obviously a fan of junior hockey and told this story when asked about the accesibility of hockey in the City of Champions.

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"We want to make hockey accessible to a broad cross-seciton of our fan base.  It’s not only the Edmonton Oiler fan base but the Edmonton Oil Kings fan base too.   I came to an Oil King game last winter with my son on a Sunday afternoon and I couldn’t believe the crowd here.  It was a family oriented crowd and it appeared to me many of them walked up on that day,  it was a beautiful Sunday afternoon, and they bought tickets at the door.  The lower bowl here was almost full and I just think its wonderful.  Through the Edmonton Oil Kings and the other events we have planned through the year, we hope to give any Edmonton fan that wants an opportunity to see great quality hockey, that ability."

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