OTTAWA - For the ninth consecutive year, Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk today hosted the Eugene Melnyk Skate for Kids at Scotiabank Place.
A group of close to 90 youngsters from St. Rose of Lima School and Bayshore Public School in Ottawa were chosen to take part in the latest edition of this annual event. The children were welcomed to Scotiabank Place by Mr. Melnyk, treated to a meal and the opportunity to watch the Senators practice before taking to the ice for an afternoon skate.
Mr. Melnyk, along with CTV Ambassador Max Keeping, Spartacat and members of the Ottawa Senators staff, provided each participant with a Senators jersey, a helmet and a new pair of skates. All of the items were donated to the children by the Senators owner.
“This Skate for Kids has become a wonderful tradition and continues to be a highlight for me each and every hockey season,” said Melnyk. “And when you see all these children take to the ice, it’s a touching reminder of how the simple pleasure of skating can be so meaningful to these deserving children.”
Many of the children who participate in today’s Skate for Kids received their very first pair of skates, then used them to take the same ice surface as their hometown hockey heroes.
Since the inaugural Eugene Melnyk Skate for Kids in 2004, more than 850 helmets and pairs of skates have been distributed to youth throughout the region.
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