EDMONTON - Kevin Lowe of the Edmonton Oilers is trying to pull a skate out of his mouth.
He's issued an apology on the team's website after a firestorm erupted at his comments suggesting there were two tiers of Oilers fans: fans who pay to watch the games — and the rest of the fans who watch the games on TV.
Team president Lowe was defending his "winning" record Monday at a press conference announcing GM Steve Tambellini was being turfed for his own losing record. A reporter suggested fans were tired of the team losing, as it heads to a record seventh-straight season seeing them miss the playoffs.
Lowe laced up his old defenceman skates.
"We have two types of fans," Lowe said. "We have paying customers and we have people that watch the game that we still care about, but certainly the people who go to the games and support, we spend a lot of time talking to them, delivering our message."