The new Ottawa Senators owner said "the future looks very bright" as he talked to reporters for the first time Friday since officially taking over the team.
The 57-year-old Andlauer has been a minority owner of the Montreal Canadiens and owns the Brantford Bulldogs junior hockey team. He has founded and led transportation, health-care and banking companies.
Andlauer said the happiness, excitement and nerves Friday made him feel like he did on his wedding day.
"While I officially hold the title of owner … I understand this city and its fans are the true owners," he said.
"I promise to take care of your team with the utmost respect, integrity and care."
Joining Andlauer at the news conference were NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and former Senators president Cyril Leeder, who is returning as president and CEO.
Bettman said Andlauer's group and its commitment and passion are a perfect fit for the team and the best days for the Senators are ahead of it.
Training camp underway
The latter was part of a trade with Detroit that sent away Alex DeBrincat after one season in Canada's capital.
Centre Josh Norris is working his way back from a shoulder injury that cost him all but eight games last season and forward Shane Pinto still needs a new contract, though space under the salary cap is very tight.
Ottawa Senators head coach D.J. Smith, centre, talks to his players during training camp Sept. 21, 2023. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)
The team is trying to snap a six-season playoff drought. This is the seventh season under general manager Pierre Dorion and fifth under head coach D.J. Smith.
Ottawa's pre-season starts at home Sunday against Toronto. The regular season starts Oct. 11 in Carolina.