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Oilers confirm Daryl Katz is dealing with life-threatening illness

The Oilers held a press conference today to officially introduce Ken Holland as the team’s new President of Hockey Operations and General Manager. Alongside Holland was Bob Nicholson and Daryl Katz, who we hadn’t seen make a public appearance in several years.

To be blunt, Katz’s appearance was at the front of mind for many people following the press conference. Fans were shocked to see how different he looked since the last time we saw him publicly a few years ago. As we soon learned, Mr Katz is dealing with health issues that have caused him to have multiple surgeries as he continues to battle for his life.

Shortly after the press conference, John Shannon confirmed that the Oilers’ owner has been dealing with a life-threatening sinus infection over the past few years. The infection apparently has a 50/50 survival rate and he has had three surgeries over the past two years. Furthermore, Shannon reported that Katz carried around an IV bag at all times during the Oilers’ playoff run back in 2017.

As a fan of the Oilers, I appreciated Katz making an appearance at the press conference to take responsibility for the struggles of the organization under his tenure as owner. Given what he’s going through right now in regards to his health, it’s incredibly commendable to make a public appearance as he did and we want to thank him for doing so. It’s important for the fans to hear from the owner and we know how difficult it must have been for him to step forward in this setting.

Let’s respect Mr. Katz privacy, stop making comments about his appearance, and wish him and his family all the best at this time.

  • Lazarus

    2 days ago every Oilers fan wanted Katz’s head on a platter. Damn….guilty much any of you?? Always quick to make fun of someones appearance aren’t a lot of you. I hope this makes you stop and think before you speak going forward. On your own team as well as opponents.
    A lot of shame going around Edmonton today.
    Get well soon Darryl.

    • Derian Hatcher

      Just like the sun rising, the classy Lazarus appears with his low bridge comments and predictable trolling. Make sure you keep coming here to spread your wisdom and display your inferior intelligent quotient. There are some highly regarded commenters on FN, but you are definitely not one of them. If you are, in fact, a grown adult, the unhappiness you must have in your current state is only surpassed by your inability to make intelligent comments that add constructively to these forums. People who are unable to muster intelligent thoughts often resort to your type of immature comments. A point you have proven many times over, and no doubt, will continue to do in the future.

  • AlexTheOilersFanSince2006

    So does his treatment include Botox? Because my mom, who’s kinda knowledgeable about these things told me he looks like he’s been getting Botox injections

  • rnj

    First off I wish the guy all the best. Hockey is nothing important compared to your life.

    All the frustration I had is gone. No wonder the guy’s not making major changes, he’s focused on battling for his health.

    I know he doesn’t owe anyone an explanation, but knowing this two years ago sure would’ve changed the reaction everyone had to the season. Personally at least, I’d be a lot more patient and would have tempered my expectations. I’m glad he was open about his struggles, hopefully he comes through

  • Wesley41

    Before I found out about this I made a stupid plastic surgery comment so I must apologize for my dumb remark and Obviously you have bigger issues then a hockey team get well soon hopefully!

  • Dallas Eakins Hair

    Katz has taken a lot of flack from not only the fans and media over being absent from the the Oilers or even coming out and saying something in regards to the team, The Oilers culd have easily said that Katz was dealing with some health issues and wouldn’t be available, that would have been understood by the fans and media.

    I wish Katz a speedy recovery