OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Senators owner Eugene Melnyk has a few new priorities following a life-saving liver transplant — and a renewed focus on some old ones, too.
Away from the rink, he’s taking up a close-to-home fight. Melnyk launched his new foundation, The Organ Project, on Wednesday, with an aim on ending waitlists for transplant patient. Melnyk received a live liver donation in May 2015 and wants to take an active role in creating more awareness about organ donation.
Meanwhile, at Canadian Tire Centre, Melnyk’s hockey team is making a push for the postseason.
In the 14 years since he bought the Senators, Ottawa has played in the Stanley Cup final once, in 2007. Since then, Ottawa has not made it past the second round.
Entering Wednesday night’s games, the Senators (29-19-6) were tied for second place in the Atlantic Division. A postseason berth is a real possibility, and Melnyk sees reason to be hopeful.
“I think now, finally, (we) have dug out of a three-year hole,” he said. “It was kind of sad. One out of three years you get into the playoffs, and you get blown out and the others you don’t get in. Now it’s…