As the Ottawa Senators begin selling pre-season and opening weekend tickets, management is reminding the public that they are more than just a team.
Sens owner Eugene Melnyk said the organization has reached a significant milestone. Over the years, coupled with its charitable branch, the Ottawa Senators Foundation, Senators Sports & Entertainment has invested more than $100-million in the community.
Melnyk said the Sens are amongst the most charitable team in the NHL.
"We should all be proud here in Ottawa and Gatineau that we do this," said Melnyk. "We've won the Stanley Cup in that area and there's no question because I know what everybody else does. We kind of talk about it. They come here to see what we've done to get a sense of it and they're just in awe over the organization and how well we are organized."
Senators Sports & Entertainment has invested more than $59-million in community projects, $25-million in contributions to charities and minor hockey along with over $21-million in community programs and in-kind donations.
Melnyk said one in every two people in the National Capital Region have been touched by the programs offered through and supported by the Sens Foundation, including the Ronald McDonald House, Sens Community RINK project and the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa.