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Red Wings send end-of-lockout letter to season-ticket holders

Updated with a letter issued to Red Wings fans in general at 2:51 PM: Via RedWingsFeed, WDFN's Doug Todd received a copy of the letter Red Wings owners Mike and Marian Ilitch sent to their season-ticket holders. Here's the text thereof:

In our now 30 years of owning the Red Wings franchise, we have experienced many ups and downs. No situation is more frustrating, though, than working through the process of establishing a new collective bargaining agreement. On behalf of the entire Detroit Red Wings organization, we would like to thank you for your continued loyalty throughout the recent NHL work stoppage. We are grateful for your commitment as a Season Ticket Holder. Every member of our team - both on and off the ice - is eager to deliver another memorable season of Red Wings hockey.

The league is expected to announce our 48 game (24 home and 24 road) regular season schedule within the next couple of days. You will receive this information the moment it becomes available.

We are sorry for the delay in starting the season and the unfortunate public nature of the negotiations. Thankfully, with this new deal, we will be assured of a settled labor environment for many years to come.

We all recognize that no team excels like this one has without incredible fan support. This is especially true of people like you that have made a commitment as a Season Ticket Holder. We understand the special bond that has been formed over the years, and we do not take lightly our responsibility as owners.

Thank you again for your patience. We look forward to the start of the season.

Update: Here's the letter the Wings' owners issued to the rest of the general public:

Dear Red Wings Fans,

In our now 30 years of owning the Red Wings franchise, we have experienced many ups and downs.  No situation is more frustrating, though, than working through the process of establishing a new collective bargaining agreement.  We join the rest of our organization today in thanking fans of Hockeytown for your patience over the last few months.  

We are sorry for the delay in starting the season and the unfortunate public nature of the negotiations.  Thankfully, with this new deal, we will be assured of a settled labor environment for many years to come.  

We recognize that no team excels like this one has without incredible fan support.  And we understand the special bond that has been formed over the years: we do not take lightly our responsibility as owners. 

Thank you for being a part of our team.  We look forward to delivering another memorable season of Red Wings hockey.

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