Eugene Melnyk (Ottawa Senators Owner), Dead at 62

Eugene Melnyk was the Ottawa Senators’ owner who died Monday. The team announced. He was 62. Melnyk died from an illness, according to the team. Melnyk became the Senators owner in 2003 after he bought the NHL franchise from the NHL for $92 million. 

“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,”The Senators made the statement in a statement. “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’ Melnyk era saw them reach the Stanley Cup Finals. They won their division in the previous year. Melnyk was a Toronto native and was involved with many other businesses in Canada. He had an estimated net worth $1.21 trillion in 2010. According to ESPN. “The National Hockey League grieves Eugene Melnyk’s death,” stated the NHL commissioner.Gary Bettman stated this in a 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 Tweeted: “Mr. Melnyk offered me, my teammates and many Sens player who came before us the opportunity to fulfill our dreams. We will be missing you deeply in Ottawa. Your family is our condolences.

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