Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos Jr. sent an email Tuesday to season ticket holders apologizing for the prolonged lockout and attempting to stoke enthusiasm for the team's chances in 2013 with the additions of Jordan Staal and Alexander Semin. Here is the letter Karmamos sent:

Dear loyal fans:

Long before I was the owner of a National Hockey League franchise, I was a hockey fan. My passion for watching our great game has only grown as I've watched our team over the years, reaching the highest of highs when the Hurricanes brought North Carolina its first major league championship in 2006. As a fan, I understand how frustrating it is not to be able to watch your team in action. With the resolution agreed upon this weekend, we will finally have the chance to see the 2012-13 Carolina Hurricanes on the ice. I sincerely apologize for the delay, and for the hurt that it caused you as a fan.