Reason twelve why we love Katz


“I ball till I fall, stunt till I drop, I’m off the showroom floor, not the used car lot” – Rapper 50 Cent

Daryl Katz must be the richest person in the world. While the rest of us are sitting around wondering about Robbie Williams reuniting with 90s boy band Take That, Kay-Z is assembling an empire that any red blooded Edmontonian would kill his entire neighbourhood to get his/her hands on.  Don’t believe us? Check out this article in the Globe and Mail today.

“Edmonton Oilers owner Daryl Katz is close to realizing his dream of building a new hockey rink – for family and friends, not his NHL team.

According to alert observers, Katz is having a rink constructed on his property, which just happens to overlook Edmonton’s North Saskatchewan River valley. The owner of the Rexall Pharmacy chain is believed to have had a house knocked down so he can hold hockey games complete with a panoramic view.

Katz’s home has been estimated at 25,000 square feet and features five bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, an indoor pool and now a regulation-sized hockey rink.

As one neighbour said to our alert observers, “When you have that kind of money, what else are you going to do with it?”

This news must come as a terrifying development to Tambellini and Company. One has to assume that Katz is planning to assemble a second Edmonton based hockey squadron to play in his new arena. Freed up from the constraints of the bloated contracts of the Oilers, the NHL salary cap ceiling and revenue sharing requirements, we can’t see it taking long until this new squad can easily whip the Oilers.

Knocking down other houses to build himself an outdoor arena. Proof positive that Daryl Katz does what any of us in the OilersNation would do, if we too had a couple billion kicking around in our checking account.

What’s next? Solid gold toilets?? It boggles the mind.