Ottawa Legislators proprietor Eugene Melnyk has failed from an illness; the platoon said Monday night.
Melnyk’s death was announced by the platoon with a statement from his family referring to “an illness he faced with tenacity and fortitude.
“The statement didn’t explain what the illness was, and a platoon spokesperson didn’t incontinently respond to a communication seeking fresh details. He’d possessed the Legislators since 2003 when he bought the NHL club for $92 million.
In 2007, the Senators advanced to the Stanley Cup Final but were defeated by the Anaheim Ducks in five games. Melnyk bought the Legislators after Rod Bryden’s deal to regain the ballot was unprofitable. The National Hockey League mourns the end of Ottawa Legislators proprietor Eugene Melnyk,” NHL manager Gary Bettman told our sources.
The words ‘passion and commitment’ define the man who has possessed the Ottawa Legislators since 2003.”While successful in business, it was our game and his Legislators that he was most passionate about. Eugene was frequently open, but he maintained an unvarying commitment to the game and his roots, and he loved nothing further than slipping a Legislator’s sweater and cheering on his cherished platoon.
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 served from his liberality.”
The Ottawa community will miss you greatly. Condolences to your family.” Melnyk was also a successful pedigreed steed-racing breeder, doubly being named Canada’s top proprietor. His nags won all three legs of the Canadian Triple Crown, including Archers Bay landing the’98 Queen’s Plate and Prince of Wales Stakes en route to being named Canada’s champion 3- time-old joker.
In 2013, Melnyk reduced his steed-racing operation and went from breeding to copping yearlings and contending those rather. Melnyk was instated into the Canadian Steed Racing Hall of Fame in 2017.