OTTAWA – Senators owner Eugene Melnyk (@melnykeugene) and the Ottawa Senators (@Senators) are calling on all hockey fans to open their memorabilia cases, search their basements, closets and storage areas, as the organization is looking to gather historical items of meaningful significance to celebrate Ottawa’s hockey history.
As part of the team’s 25th anniversary season, which will be celebrated in 2017-18, the Senators will be engaging with hockey fans in the Ottawa-Gatineau region to find these historical items, which would be maintained and profiled during the anniversary season and beyond.
“We have every intention of ensuring our 25th anniversary season provides our great fans a wide range of incredible and memorable events to mark the team’s special milestone. The Ottawa Senators and the birth of the Stanley Cup are examples of the rich hockey history that exists in the Ottawa-Gatineau region. We want to showcase and celebrate this,” said Senators owner Eugene Melnyk. “I will be in Ottawa on March 22 to officially launch this initiative, but felt it important to let our fans know in advance so they can consider now how they can help us celebrate the game’s great history.”
Professional hockey’s tradition in Ottawa dates back nearly 130 years. This tradition includes more than 1,800 Senators’ regular-season National Hockey League games since the return of the modern-day franchise.
During this time, the Senators organization has sought to recognize and promote community values related to our national winter sport and this effort would be one of the many community based-projects aimed to inspire the community during the team’s 25th anniversary season.
Full details on the collection and official archiving of these historical hockey items will be provided by Mr. Melnyk at a news conference at Canadian Tire Centre scheduled for Tuesday, March 22, 2016.
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