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The Senators have made no decision on the future of the Canadian Tire Center


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You can still get your tickets to see the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Center next season.

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That’s not going to change anytime soon.

Although the Senators will one day move from the Kanata rink to a building in downtown LeBreton Flats, Anthony LeBlanc, president of business operations, noted that the club is still focused on buying season seats at the Kanata rink. 18,623 spaces for the foreseeable future. coming.

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The Senators moved into the rink in January 1996 and the club will celebrate its 30th anniversary in the league when the puck is thrown in the 2022-23 campaign in October.

“We’re not giving up on the Canadian Tire Centre,” LeBlanc said Thursday. “We know this is the home of the Ottawa Senators and our concert business for the next few years. In fact, we have been working on budgets over the past few weeks, in terms of capital expenditures needed and what needs to be invested in the Canadian Tire Centre.

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“We will continue to invest in the building. What will happen to this building once we have a new arena at LeBreton Flats, I don’t have an answer at this time. These are the early days and this is one of the last things we’re going to focus on.

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Doing the paperwork in the arena, with the proper approvals from all levels of government, will not happen quickly.

Ownership of the Senators is now in the hands of Eugene Melnyk’s daughters, Anna and Olivia. Later, they’ll have to figure out if they want to keep the team, bring in a partner, or sell to a majority owner while keeping a small stake.

Naturally, this news will further increase the value of the team.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has said more than once since Melnyk’s death in March that the club is not for sale. LeBlanc reiterated on Thursday that nothing has changed on the ownership side and senior management operates on the club’s board.

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Sheldon Plener, a partner in Cassels’ business law group, his longtime associate Lawrence Zeifman and John Miszuk, the Senators’ chief administrative officer, help run the franchise.

Leblanc, Erin Crowe, the club’s financial director, and general manager Pierre Dorion run the club on a daily basis.

“As Bettman has said many times, and this is the truth, there is no change in ownership,” LeBlanc said. “There is a professional management group that is in place, we report to a board of directors, which is made up of three people, so it is the status quo. There is no change as we sit here with respect to ownership.

bgarrioch@postmedia.com

Twitter: @sungarrioch

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