The Ottawa Senators aren’t for sale, at least not yet, but that’s not stopping a local businessman from expressing interest in being part of a group of investors who could eventually acquire the franchise if it becomes available.
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Known in the region of the Canadian capital, Roger Greenberg is a minority shareholder of the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group, the company which owns, among others, the Rouge et Noir (of the Canadian Football League). As the daily “Ottawa Sun” reported, referring to an interview given by the principal concerned to the local CTV channel, he would like to get involved in any plan to buy the club if the two daughters of the former owner Eugene Melnyk – who died a few weeks ago – decided to part with it.
To date, Anna and Olivia Melnyk have not given any clues in this direction. In addition, the Greenberg family was among the partners of the first owner in Senators history, Bruce Firestone, in 1992.
In terms of daily operations, the local newspaper clarified that the National Hockey League ensures that the Melnyk heirs have all the tools required to ensure the proper functioning of the organization. The former owner had also set up a board of directors several years earlier to make important decisions as needed. John Miszuk, executive director of the Senators, Lawrence Zeifman, a longtime business partner, and Sheldon Plener, another partner working on his side in a law firm, will oversee the team’s operations over the coming months.