Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk was released from hospital on Wednesday and is on the mend.
Congratulations to Melnyk, his liver transplant donor (who is doing well) and to his medical team.
Melnyk is an important part of this community. He and the Senators organization are not just a vital business and a publicity machine for the city, but a big part of the charitable scene of Ottawa.
A lot of brave talk has been ongoing about without Melnyk, an owner for the Senators would pop up in a moment. Don’t be so sure.
A new owner would likely have to come from out of town unless Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group wanted to add another franchise to its stable (no sign of that now). This town has very few extremely wealth persons. Furthermore, how many successful business people want to own an enterprise that loses $10 million a year? Or spend most or a part of their winter in Ottawa when warmer climes beckon for the rich and famous.
Melnyk has been a vital part of his adopted community. City hall hasn’t treated him all that well when he wanted to bring Major League Soccer here or when he and his partners were denied a chance to bid on a proposed Ottawa casino.
Melnyk, given that treatment by our local politicians, is much better than this city deserves.
Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Eugene Melnyk. Ottawa needs you.
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