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Senators owner Eugene Melnyk dies at 62

Senators owner Eugene Melnyk dies at age 62

The Ottawa Senators announced that owner Eugene Melnyk died at 62 “after an illness he faced with determination and courage.”

The Senators statement noted that Melnyk, “the businessman, sports franchise owner and philanthropist died peacefully surrounded by his family and will be fondly remembered by his many friends and associates.”

Melnyk served as Senators owner since 2003. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman provided the following statement regarding Melnyk’s passing:

“The National Hockey League mourns the passing of Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk. The words ‘passion’ and ‘commitment’ define the man who has owned the Ottawa Senators since 2003. Whether it was in the boardroom with his fellow governors, at the rink with his beloved Senators or in the community with his philanthropy, he cared deeply about the game, about his team and about bettering the lives of those in need, particularly underserved children, organ donation and, most recently, with his commitment to his parents’ home country of Ukraine.

“While successful in business, it was our game and his Senators that he was most passionate about. Eugene was often outspoken but he maintained an unwavering commitment to the game and his roots and he loved nothing more than donning a Senators sweater and cheering on his beloved team.

“On behalf of the entire National Hockey League, I extend my deepest sympathies to Eugene’s daughters, Anna and Olivia, his extended family, and all those who benefited from his generosity.”

Brady Tkachuk ranked among Senators players sharing their condolences.