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Katz lies low in background

FRANK LANDRY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:24 AM ET

Where in the world is Daryl Katz?

The reclusive billionaire and owner of the Edmonton Oilers wasn't at a news conference yesterday where it was announced the Katz Group was aggressively moving ahead with plans to build a downtown arena district.

And the man speaking on his behalf -- Oilers president Patrick LaForge -- said his boss likely won't make a public appearance until there's a big announcement to make.

Katz was quoted in a new release, however, stating he was pumped about the downtown arena project.

"Like a lot of Edmontonians we are very excited about the prospect of a revitalized downtown and a new, multi-use development that can make Edmonton the place to be," he said in the release.

"But we still have a lot of work ahead to make this vision a reality.

"In the meantime, we want the public to know where things stand and what they can expect to hear in the months ahead, and I can't think of a better person than Patrick to take that on."

Last year, Katz said he wanted to see a new downtown sports and entertainment complex built "as soon as possible."

"My preference would be to have the Oilers at the heart of the community, in the centre of downtown, in an effort to revitalize downtown," Katz said in February 2008 conference call with reporters.

He officially took over the team in July 2008.


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