Oshawa Generals owner makes bid for NHL’s Ottawa Senators
Published March 16, 2023 at 10:41 am
Oshawa Generals owner Rocco Tullio is one of a reported nine bidders for the NHL’s Ottawa Senators, with the Windsor-based businessman officially entering the race just before the March 6 deadline.
Tullio isn’t commenting for the record but a Postmedia report out of Ottawa confirmed that he has made a bid for the club, which went on the blocks last fall six months after the death of team owner Eugene Melnyk.
Tullio had made overtures to Melnyk about buying the team at one time and was briefly involved in a venture with Hamilton Bulldogs owner Michael Andlauer to make an offer but is heading up his own team for this bid.
The early favourite to buy the club is Hollywood star and entrepreneur Ryan Reynolds, who is involved with a Remington Group bid.
Reynolds, who also owns Welsh soccer club Wrexham FC (with fellow actor Rob McElhenny), padded his own war chest for the bid when Mint Mobile – of which he owns a share reported to be between 20 and 25 per cent – was recently sold to T-Mobile for $1.35 billion.
Other suitors for the Senators, according to the Postmedia report, include Jeffrey and Michael Kimmel, Toronto real-estate magnates who once held part ownership of the Pittsburgh Penguins, and a consortium led by Los Angeles-based producer Neko Sparks.