Agreement between Ottawa Senators Foundation, team expiring at end of July


Reporters walk around the Ottawa Senators logo on the team's dressing room. (Jonathan Hayward/CP)

The Ottawa Senators are exploring alternative options to further their philanthropic endeavours, the team announced Thursday.

The Ottawa Senators Foundation and Capital Sports & Entertainment Inc. — which owns and operates the NHL team — will see their agreement expire at the end of July. It grants the Foundation “the right to use Club trademarks, including the Ottawa Senators name.”

“The Ottawa Senators informed the current foundation leadership months ago that the club intends to open a fair and transparent request for proposals (RFP) process to ensure its charitable arm remains a vital part of the community,” the team said in a statement. “The foundation leadership protested and informed the Ottawa Senators they would not comply with an RFP process.”

Established in 1998, the Foundation has raised more than $31 million in the last five fiscal years of its operation, with net proceeds going to hundreds of charities and projects throughout eastern Ontario and western Quebec. The Foundation’s mission is to empower children and youth by investing in social recreation and education programs that promote both physical and mental wellness.

The team said it will continue its support for child and youth empowerment, mental health, and paediatric and palliative care but also hopes to also provide assistance for victims of domestic abuse and organ transplant educational resources. The Senators expect to start a public request for proposals shortly.

“For 22 years, the Foundation has benefited immensely from its relationship with the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club. We have worked closely with the Club, its players, alumni, staff, corporate partners and fans as well as the community at large, and together we have made a measurable difference in the lives of children and youth throughout the National Capital Region,” the Foundation’s statement read.

“As a first priority, we will look to fulfill our current operational, legal and charitable obligations by July 31, 2020, after which we will focus on the Foundation’s future. In the meantime, we thank the Ottawa Senators for 22 years of partnership and the generosity of people and business throughout the region for supporting the work of the Foundation resulting in thousands of game-changing opportunities for kids.”

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