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News Release: 10th Eugene Melnyk Skate for Kids provides once-in-a-lifetime experience for 100 local children

More than 1,000 children have been helped since 2004

Monday, 16.12.2013 / 3:24 PM / News
Ottawa Senators

OTTAWA - Earlier today, Ottawa Senators (@Senators) owner Eugene Melnyk (@MelnykEugene) hosted more than 100 local children at Canadian Tire Centre as part of the 10th annual Eugene Melnyk Skate for Kids.

The group of children from Pinecrest Public School and Dr. F.J. MacDonald Catholic School in Ottawa were welcomed to Canadian Tire Centre by Melnyk before taking to the National Hockey League ice surface for a special afternoon skate.

Melnyk, along with CTV Ambassador Max Keeping, Spartacat, Sens alumni 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.

“I look forward to this day each year,” said Melnyk. “Watching how these children react to receiving their gifts and seeing the absolute joy on their faces when they step on to the ice for the first time is something that is very special to me. It is a wonderful way to kick-off the Christmas season.”

Many of the children who participated in today’s Skate for Kids received their very first pair of skates, then used them to take to the same ice surface as their favourite Ottawa Senators’ players.

Since the inaugural Eugene Melnyk Skate for Kids in 2004, more than 1,000 helmets and pairs of skates have been distributed to youth throughout the region.

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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 20 54 -15 74
J. Spezza 75 23 43 -26 66
K. Turris 82 26 32 22 58
C. MacArthur 79 24 31 12 55
B. Ryan 70 23 25 7 48
A. Hemsky 75 13 30 -15 43
M. Michalek 82 17 22 -25 39
M. Zibanejad 69 16 17 -15 33
M. Methot 75 6 17 0 23
P. Wiercioch 53 4 19 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 25 16 8 .911 3.00
R. Lehner 12 15 6 .913 3.06
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