Erik Karlsson, left, and Eugene Melnyk, owner of the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club, hold Karlsson's jersey at a news conference Thursday, Oct.2, 2014 in Ottawa. Karlsson was named captain of the Senators. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick)
The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick
May 14, 2015

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk urgently needs a liver transplant, and the team put out a call Thursday for potential donors.

The team says Melnyk was admitted to a hospital three weeks ago due to ''liver-related complications.'' His family has reached out to close friends and relatives with the hope of finding a suitable donor candidate, but with no success.

The team says the 55-year-old Melnyk has been sick since mid-January. He's been absent from the Senators' surprising playoff run.

The Senators have been hit hard with health issues. Assistant coach Mark Reeds died of cancer last month, and general manager Bryan Murray has colon cancer.

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