Eugene Melnyk (Ottawa Senators Owner), Dead at 62

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Eugene Melnyk (Ottawa Senators owner) died Monday. The team announced. He was 62. According to the team, Melnyk was suffering from an illness at time of his death. In 2003, he purchased the NHL franchise for $92million and became the Senators’ owners. 

“Loving father to Anna and Olivia, Eugene was a devoted son to Vera and the late Dr. Ferdinand Melnyk, a caring brother to Lydia and a loving companion to Sharilyne,”In a statement, the Senators stated their views. “The businessman, sports franchise owner and philanthropist died peacefully surrounded by his family and will be fondly remembered by his many friends and associates.”

The Senators reached the Stanley Cup Finals in 2007 under Melnyk. They won their division in the previous year. Melnyk, a Toronto native was involved in other businesses throughout Canada. In 2010, his net worth was $1.21 billion According to ESPN. “The National Hockey League mourns Eugene Melnyk’s passing,” said the NHL commissioner.Gary Bettman made the statement.“The man who owns the Ottawa Senators from 2003 to now is defined by the words ‘passion’ or ‘commitment.

“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.”  

Melnyk was also the owner of the Belleville Senators of the American Hockey League and previously the Toronto St. Michael’s Majors of the Ontario Hockey League. Outside of hockey, Melnyk was the founder and former chairman of Biovail Corp. He was also chairman and chief executive of Neurolign, a medical device company and chairman of Clean Beauty Collective, a boutique company that produces ethically sourced products. 

Additionally, Melnyk was a successful horse breeder as he was named Canada’s Outstanding owner twice. His horses won the Canadian Triple Crown, the Travers Stakes and the Gold Cup. Senators captain Brady Tkachuk In a tweet: “Mr. Melnyk gave me, my team and many Sens players the chance to realize our dreams. Your loss will be felt deeply by the Ottawa community. Your family is our condolences.

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