BY Teri Thompson, Michael O'Keeffe & Nathaniel Vinton

Golf course developer Ken Jowdy, who was sued on Thursday by a group of 19 current and former NHL players seeking millions of dollars they had invested with him, says he would have preferred they had just picked up the telephone and called him to discuss the status of the projects.

"I'd love to talk to them," Jowdy told the Daily News. "I'd be thrilled to pick up the phone and invite them to come there and play a round of golf."