The Washington Times - January 6, 2013, 04:57PM

Owner Ted Leonsis released a statement concerning the end of the NHL lockout in which he thanked Washington Capitals fans for their “patience, support and understanding.”

Leonsis was reportedly one of the hard-line negotiators for the league during talks. He was part of the NHL’s negotiating committee along with the Boston Bruins’ Jeremy Jacobs, the Minnesota Wild’s Craig Leopold and the Calgary Flames’ Murray Edwards.


Here’s what Leonsis had to say in the statement, posted on the Caps’ website.

“We are extremely excited that the National Hockey League has reached a tentative collective bargaining agreement with the Players’ Association, pending final approval on both sides,” Leonsis wrote. “This is certainly welcome news for all of us - fans, players, corporate partners, local businesses, broadcast rights holders, media, staff and owners – and especially our plan holders who have created such a fantastic Verizon Center atmosphere.

“Thanks to all of you for your patience, support and understanding during this process. We will continue to be in touch as more information becomes available, and all of us at the Capitals look forward to seeing you at Verizon Center in the coming weeks.”