The Ottawa Senators announced on Monday that owner, Eugene Melnyk, has passed away suddenly at the age of 62 from an illness.
Melnyk founded Capital Sports and Entertainment, the company that saved the Ottawa Senators from bankruptcy, in 2003. The Senators reached the Stanley Cup Final in 2007, and made the Eastern Conference Finals in 2017, as well. The team has made the playoffs in 16 of its 29 year history since expansion in 1992.
Melnyk was a Ukrainian-Canadian who worked hard to support his community. The Ottawa Senators published an obituary touching on the life of the businessman, philanthropist, and family man.
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. https://t.co/MrHsTvu7sz pic.twitter.com/DOZrJcD26e— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) March 29, 2022
Eugene Melnyk, the owner of the Ottawa Senators, has passed away at 62.— SB Nation NHL (@SBNationNHL) March 29, 2022
SB Nation NHL extends our deepest sympathies to the Melnyk family. https://t.co/qq4oA7t3R9
The NHL Board of Governors meetings are happening right now in Florida and some changes are expected to be made from it.
First, the NHL is potentially trying to do something different with the NHL Awards, which I admit haven’t watched in years. This year, they’re planning to host it in the city hosting games 3 and 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals. That should at least bring some focus back towards the competition, the athletes, and the big prizes instead of whatever the Mark Messier Leadership Award is.
NHL Awards will be held the night before Game 3, or the off-day between Games 3 and 4 of the Stanley Cup Final — in the city hosting those games. One-hour event…definitely like the idea.— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) March 28, 2022
Also on the docket is implementing a salary cap in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, eliminating what many call the Nikita Kucherov rule, but I like to call it the “Vegas Golden Knights Are Too Dumb To Do This Right” rule.
Regardless of the name, it’s going to make the playoffs worse. What happens when players get injured in the playoffs now? Do we want teams playing short? We know playoff hockey is more violent because the NHL and their referees choose it to be.
The #NHL GM Meetings are under way in Florida and @PierreVLeBrun, @reporterchris & @GinoRedaTSN examine the topics to be discussed, including Sheldon Kennedy’s Respect Group presentation, a playoff cap and the World Cup of Hockey: https://t.co/gHd5n5BqfL#TSNHockey pic.twitter.com/acNdvKM9i4— TSN Hockey (@TSNHockey) March 28, 2022
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They go back-to-back and are the first team in league history to do it. @TheBostonPride are 2022 Isobel Cup Champions. They defeat the Whale 4-2.— Mike Murphy (@DigDeepBSB) March 29, 2022
Jillian Dempsey, the captain, with 1 G and 1 A.
Raselli, Wenczkowski, Rheault (ENG) the other goal-scorers.
Burt with 30+ saves.