The Ottawa Senators donated the Canadian Tire Center, the nine adjacent parking lots and three other community arenas affiliated with the Ontario government team for temporary use during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A club spokesman said Friday that Senators owner Eugene Melnyk had approached the province earlier this week and is awaiting a response.
The offer includes the potential use of 17 private non-rented suites inside the Ottawa NHL rink, including the Melnyk Rink, and represents approximately 200,000 square feet of flexible space.
The city’s board of directors for the city’s three Bell Sensplex arenas, managed in a public / private partnership, voted unanimously to approve the offer. The team’s spokesman added that the municipal government had been informed of the situation.
The spokesman added that the Senators would ensure that the Canadian Tire Center, located in the western suburbs of Kanata, was staffed with essential workers.
Like most other sports, the NHL suspended its season on March 12 amid the new coronavirus outbreak. Six members of the organization, including at least two players, tested positive for COVID-19, as did the team’s radio commentator.