Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is in need of a liver transplant, team president Cyril Leeder said Thursday.
Melnyk, 55, has been dealing with major health issues since mid-January and was hospitalized because of liver-related issues three weeks ago.
"The need is very urgent and the family has exhausted their local internal network and we wouldn't be making the public plea unless it was a very urgent and serious situation," Leeder said. "This is a life-threatening situation."
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman issued this statement:
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Eugene Melnyk. We hope a suitable donor is found quickly."