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Senators owner objects to being blamed for empty playoff seats

Senators owner objects to being blamed for empty playoff seats
Published On: Thu, May 25
Mar 15, 2015; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators goalie Andrew Hammond (30) makes a save on a shot from Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux (28) for the win. The Senators defeated the Flyers 2-1 in a shoot-out at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

It was hugely disappointing to see that Don Brennan, a veteran member of our Ottawa sports media establishment, has chosen to single me out as the root cause for empty seats during our spectacular playoff run.

This has been too good a moment for our team, our city and our fans. I wont ruin it for them, nor our organization, by trying to counter the bully claims this journalist has made.

Not many expected us to make the playoffs, let alone the Eastern Conference finals. It has been an incredibly positive time for Ottawa " and for all Canadians " to see us persevere and come within five wins from bringing Lord Stanleys coveted Cup home to Canada.

That Cup has always been my singular focus as the privileged owner of our hockey team. I have made it one of my core priorities to ensure we ice a competitive hockey team every year and that we do so with the resources we have. But our playoff success this year is no one persons doing. I couldnt possibly name all of the people in one letter.

And similarly, if there are empty seats in our building during these playoffs, it is certainly unfair to point the blame squarely on any one person " especially me.

If someone chooses to put the blame on solely for this reality, well they simply have no clue how hard I work, how passionate I am, and how committed I am to the Ottawa Senators and their success on the ice, off the ice and in our community.

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