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News Release: Senators and presenting partner Canadian Tire to host 11th annual Canadian Armed Forces Appreciation Day

by Staff Writer / Ottawa Senators

OTTAWA - Eugene Melnyk, owner of the Ottawa Senators and Canadian Tire Centre, announced today that for the 11th consecutive season, the Senators, in partnership with Canadian Tire, will honour the men, women and families of the Canadian Armed Forces on Saturday, Nov. 8, when the team hosts the Winnipeg Jets.

More than 3,500 members of the Canadian Armed Forces, the most ever in the history of this event, and their families will attend this year’s event on behalf of Canadian Armed Forces Appreciation Day corporate supporters, season-seat owners, Eugene Melnyk and the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club.

“At every Senators home game, we have a great tradition of rightfully honouring selected men and women of our Canadian military,” said Melnyk. “On Saturday, the Senators organization and our fans have the opportunity to collectively express our gratitude to all our brave men and women in uniform and to show we stand united in never ever forgetting our fallen.”

“On behalf of the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces serving across Canada and around the world, thank you for this honour,” said General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff. “The support that Eugene Melnyk, the entire Ottawa Senators organization and your fans show for our members and their families is simply outstanding, and truly appreciated.”

In January 2008, the Ottawa Senators Foundation, in partnership with corporate supporters of Canadian Armed Forces Appreciation Day and the Military Families Fund, established an endowment fund that enables Canadian Armed Forces members and military family members to attend one of the three Algonquin College campuses in Ontario. In partnership with CAF Appreciation Night corporate supporters and the Province of Ontario, the Ottawa Senators Foundation has raised almost $730,000 for the Ottawa Senators Foundation/Military Families Fund Endowment. This fund has awarded more than 120 bursaries to deserving students who want to further their educational pursuits.

PRE-GAME ACTIVITIES: Senators players will be wearing special camouflage jerseys during warm-up that will be signed and later made available via auction.

To open the pre-game ceremonies honouring the Canadian Armed Forces, four SAR Tech rappelers from CFB Trenton will be recognized before they join Senators president, Cyril Leeder and Chief of the Defence Staff General Thomas Lawson to conduct a ceremonial faceoff.

The Canadian national anthem will be performed by Master Corporal Tammy Shaw, Sergeant David Grenon, and Lt(N) Brendan Ryan, alongside the Canadian Armed Forces Flag Party.

POST-GAME: A photo will be taken at centre ice following the game, which will include Senators players, coaches, hockey operations staff and all uniformed members of the Canadian Armed Forces who took in the game.

RED GEAR, RIBBONS AND T-SHIRTS: Fans attending Saturday’s game are being encouraged to wear red in support of the troops. The Sens Store at Canadian Tire Centre will be selling camouflage hats for $34.99, camouflage t-shirts for $27.99 and pucks for $5.99. Once again this year, replica adult camouflage jerseys will be available for $114.99.

Ten (10) per cent of the proceeds from all merchandise sales will be donated to the Ottawa Senators Foundation with a portion of the proceeds later being donated to the Military Families Fund and Soldier On, an organization with a primary purpose of empowering retired and serving members of the Canadian Forces with an illness or injury.

CANADIAN ARMED FORCES: The Tickets for Troops program honours Canadian Armed Forces members for their dedication to our country. More than 1,300 Canadian soldiers, sailors and air force personnel are deployed overseas on operational missions. On any given day, approximately 1,200 Canadian Armed Forces members are preparing for, engaged in or returning from an overseas mission.

CORPORATE SUPPORTERS: Corporate supporters include Canadian Tire, Algonquin College, Thales Canada, Scotiabank, IBM, Cisco, Logistik Unicorp, Decisive Technologies, Oracle, Westjet, Curtis Wright, CMC Electronics, CGI, Calian, DRS, Boeing, Hill and Knowlton, DEW, Canadian Corp. Commissionaires, 2Keys Corp., HP Canada, RSA, Alenia.

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