Michal Neuvirth is sorry for suggesting the NHL lockout is “about several superstars with big contracts.”
The Capitals’ goalie posted his apology Tuesday on Twitter.
Neuvirth made the controversial remark last week after expressing support for his Washington teammate, Roman Hamrlik, who had criticized the leadership of NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr.
Both players were roundly condemned by union members, in particular Caps forward Troy Brouwer, who accused them of “selling us out.”
Neuvirth’s comment was especially notable as Washington captain Alex Ovechkin, one of the most vocal critics of the NHL, happens to be a superstar with a big contract.
“I know a couple guys [are] pissed off and they say bad things,” Ovechkin said recently, “but you know we stick together and we’re not gonna listen to those guys. Of course everybody wants to play but we have to stick together.”