The NHL introduced on Thursday the league’s board of governors has unanimously accepted the sale of the Ottawa Senators to billionaire Michael Andlauer.
Andlauer gained the Senators’ bidding course of again in June, with immediately’s information formally giving him possession of the membership.
“The Senators are a tremendous group, from the gamers to the employees, to probably the most passionate fan base within the recreation,” stated Andlauer in a statement on Thursday.
“My household and I are thrilled to formally be part of Ottawa’s workforce and the Ottawa-Gatineau neighborhood.”
Andlauer also wrote a separate letter directed to Sens fans, making observe of the workforce being two hours away from the Montreal Canadiens and 4 hours away from the Toronto Maple Leafs.
“We’re the workforce that performs between two giant hockey markets who each imagine they’re the middle of the hockey universe,” he stated. “I’ve been the underdog my entire life, and I do know we have now the workforce, employees, followers and neighborhood to show them fallacious.”
A phrase from our new proprietor Michael Andlauer:
— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) September 21, 2023
Andlauer, 57, is the founder and CEO of Andlauer Healthcare Group, which gives logistics, temperature-controlled transportation and different transport options for the healthcare sector. He owned 10 % of the Montreal Canadiens and needed to promote his stake within the workforce to personal the Senators. He additionally owns the OHL’s Brantford Bulldogs, previously generally known as the Hamilton Bulldogs, which most lately gained the OHL championship in 2021-22.
Andlauer is now the fourth majority proprietor in Senators historical past after Bruce Firestone, Rod Bryden, and Eugene Melnyk, who handed away in March 2022.
Included in Andlauer’s possession group is Eugene Melnyk’s daughters, Anna and Olivia Melnyk, in accordance with Postmedia. Additionally included Rocco Tullio, president and governor of the Oshawa Generals, who launched a press release on Thursday.
“I could not be extra excited to be part of this historic deal,” Tullio said in the statement. “I plan to convey the very same successful mentality I’ve right here in Oshawa to the folks of Ottawa, successful the good followers a Stanley Cup.”
There have been a handful of employees modifications to the Senators since Andlauer was introduced the popular bidder again in June, though he now solely formally will get management of the workforce on Thursday. Steve Warne stored monitor of these modifications on THN’s Ottawa website.
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