Here's how people are reacting to Senators owner Eugene Melnyk's death
Condolences and reactions are pouring in from across Ottawa and the hockey world after Senators owner Eugene Melnyk's death.
Melnyk, 62, died on peacefully on Monday surrounded by his family, the Senators said in a statement.
Here's what people are saying about him today.
Senators general manager Pierre Dorion:
"He's someone that brought stability to the Ottawa Senators franchise. If not for Eugene Melnyk, the Senators would not be in Ottawa. ... He's someone that meant a lot to a lot of people."
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman:
“I think he will be remembered as somebody who purchased the franchise at a difficult time in the franchise’s history, stabilized it, made it competitive and was always passionate about the game. He loved the game, he loved the players, he loved the fans and this was an important part of his life.”
Ottawa mayor Jim Watson:
Ontario premier Doug Ford:
Senators coach D.J. Smith:
"He gave me my first opportunity, and I'll forever be thankful for that, and do everything in my power to realize his goal."
Senators captain Brady Tkachuk:
“He gave us the opportunity to be in Ottawa and play for a great city and the great people there. It’s definitely a really sad day.”
Senators defenceman Thomas Chabot:
Former Senators owner Bruce Firestone:
Former Senators defenceman Chris Phillips:
John Rodenburg, TSN 1200
"The fact that he came to town as an outsider and said not only am I buying the team but I’m keeping the team here in Ottawa, that was huge. If Eugene Melnyk didn’t step up with the money and buy the team in 2003 there wasn’t anyone else on the horizon.
"That’s the complicated legacy of Eugene Melnyk. There was the early days of 2003 of him coming in and saving the team and keeping the team together and them making a run to the Stanley Cup Final in 2007 and then what followed, starting I think, when Daniel Alfredsson left as a free agent in 2013 and then came back to the organization and then left again and the comments at the outdoor game about potentially moving the team; there were several missteps along the way."
MOVE 100's Stuntman Stu, former Senators announcer:
Former Senator Bobby Ryan:
Ottawa councillor Carol Anne Meehan: