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News Release: Senators host 12th annual Canadian Armed Forces Appreciation Night on Nov. 12

by Staff Writer / Ottawa Senators

OTTAWA - Eugene Melnyk, owner of the Ottawa Senators and Canadian Tire Centre, announced today that for the 12th consecutive season, the Senators, in partnership with Canadian Tire, will honour the men, women and families of the Canadian Armed Forces on Thursday, Nov. 12, when the team hosts the Vancouver Canucks.

More than 3,100 members of the Canadian Armed Forces and their families will attend this year’s event on behalf of Canadian Armed Forces Appreciation Night corporate supporters, season-seat members, Eugene Melnyk and the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club. Mr. Melnyk and the Senators have hosted more than 25,000 members of the Armed Forces and their families since the program started in 2004. In acknowledgment of Mr. Melnyk’s long-time support of the Canadian Military, on Jan. 14, 2015, he was named the honorary colonel of 414 Electronic Warfare Support Squadron during a ceremony in Ottawa.

“At every Senators home game, we always take a moment to recognize and honour the brave men and women of our Canadian military. Tomorrow will be extra special as we have the privilege to host 3,100 soldiers and their families. Following today’s heartfelt Remembrance Day tributes across Canada, this special game serves as an opportunity for the Senators organization and our fans to express our collective gratitude for the tremendous contributions our military makes towards global peace and democracy,” said Melnyk. “These courageous soldiers represent our nation with pride and integrity and make us all proud to be Canadian.”

‎“I wish to sincerely thank the Ottawa Senators for their loyal support to all members of the Canadian Armed Forces,” said General Jonathan Vance, chief of the defence staff. “This special tribute offered by Eugene Melnyk, the entire Ottawa Senators organization and the fans is something for which we are always grateful. Once again, thank you for making us a part of your season."

In January 2008, the Ottawa Senators Foundation, in partnership with corporate supporters of Canadian Armed Forces Appreciation Night and the Military Families Fund, established an endowment fund that enables Canadian Armed Forces members and their families to attend one of the three Algonquin College campuses in Ontario. Thanks to the support of CAF Appreciation Night corporate supporters, the province of Ontario and the Ottawa Senators Foundation, this fund has awarded more than 120 bursaries to deserving students who want to further their educational pursuits.

This season the Ottawa Senators Foundation, resulting from the generosity of Canadian Forces Appreciation event sponsors, is making a $25,000 commitment to the SUPPORT OUR TROOPS fund within the Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services. Funds will be used to help send children of military families to summer camp to provide respite and encourage resiliency.

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 our Canadian Armed Forces, Snowbirds will be recognized before they join General Jonathan Vance, chief of the defence staff, to conduct a ceremonial faceoff.

The Canadian national anthem will be performed by the Canadian Military Wives Choir, alongside the Canadian Armed Forces Flag Party.

RED GEAR, RIBBONS AND T-SHIRTS: Special camouflage jerseys, caps and T-shirts will be available at the Sens Store with 10 per cent of proceeds donated to the Military Families Fund.

CANADIAN ARMED FORCES: The Tickets for Troops program honours Canadian Armed Forces members for their dedication to our country. More than 1,200 Canadian soldiers, sailors and air force personnel are deployed on operational missions in more than 25 locations around the world and in Canada.

CORPORATE PARTNERS: Corporate partners include Canadian Tire, Algonquin College,

Scotiabank, Northrop Grumman, Decisive Technologies, EMC, Thales Canada, Lockheed Martin, Cisco, Logistik Unicorp, Calian, Lepine Corporation, Boeing, Curtiss Wright, Textron and Bell Helicopter.

TICKETS: Fewer than 500 tickets remain for Canadian Forces Appreciation Night.

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