The following statement regarding Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk was posted to the team's official Web site Thursday.
OTTAWA – This past season our fans witnessed the remarkable and historic rally of their Ottawa Senators to overcome the largest regular-season point deficit in National Hockey League history to successfully qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
During this spectacular comeback many of our fans noticed the unusual absence of the Senators' number one fan and team owner, Eugene Melnyk.
Mr. Melnyk has consistently remained very private on matters of a personal or family nature.
Today, the club wishes to share with the hockey community and our fans that Mr. Melnyk has been sick and battling major health issues since mid-January. Since then, his medical care and treatment have been the sole focus for him and his family.