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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, 12.16.2013 / 3:24 PM ET / News
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News Release: 10th Eugene Melnyk Skate for Kids provides once-in-a-lifetime experience for 100 local children
10th Eugene Melnyk Skate for Kids provides once-in-a-lifetime experience for 100 local children

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 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
6 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
7 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
8 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Wiercioch 6 2 2 0 4
M. Zibanejad 6 1 3 0 4
E. Karlsson 6 1 3 -2 4
M. Stone 6 0 4 0 4
M. Hoffman 6 1 2 -3 3
B. Ryan 6 2 0 1 2
C. MacArthur 6 2 0 -2 2
K. Turris 6 1 1 -2 2
C. Ceci 6 0 2 0 2
M. Michalek 6 1 0 -2 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 2 2 1 .972 0.97
A. Hammond 0 2 1 .914 3.44