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NHL Owner Dead At 62 Following Illness

Ottawa Senators on the ice.

OTTAWA - APRIL 24: A general view of the arena after rally towels have been laid on every seat prior to the matchup between the Ottawa Senators and the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Place on April 24, 2010 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)

Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk has suddenly passed away.

The news came out late on Monday night as Melnyk was battling an illness. He was 62 years old.

In the statement the Senators released, they didn't specify what the illness was but they did say that it was "an illness he faced with determination and courage."

Captain Brady Tkachuk put out a very heartfelt statement after this became public.

"Mr. Melnyk provided me, my teammates, and many Sens players who came before us with an opportunity to live out our dream. The Ottawa community will miss you greatly. Condolences to your family," Tkachuk tweeted. 

Melnyk had owned the Senators since 2003 after he bought the team for $92M. They got to the Stanley Cup Final once during his tenure but lost in five games to the Anaheim Ducks in 2007.

The Senators came within a game of reaching the Stanley Cup Final again a decade later in 2017 but fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins in seven games.

Our condolences go out to the Senators organization and Melnyk's family during this time.