Senators Owner Eugene Melnyk Passes Away

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The Ottawa Senators announced Monday evening that team owner and governor Eugene Melnyk has passed away from an unspecified illness. He was 62. 

“It is with great sadness that the family of Eugene Melnyk and the Ottawa Senators hockey organization announce his passing on March 28, 2022, after an illness he faced with determination and courage,” said the team in a statement.

Melnyk, who was born in Toronto in 1959 to Ukrainian parents, purchased the Senators in 2003, overseeing the team throughout their lone trip to the Stanley Cup Final in 2017, and  their appearance in the Eastern Conference Final in 2017.

Melnyk also owned the Senators’ AHL affiliate, the Belleville Senators, and oversaw the franchise’s establishment in the city of Belleville in 2017. Previously, Melnyk also served as the owner of the Toronto St. Michael’s Majors of the OHL.


About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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