Bobby Ryan’s 7-year, $50.75 million deal with the Ottawa Senators was a sign of the organization’s faith in him as a player. The 27-year-old Ryan is showing that the organization can also have faith in him as a person.
The Senators announced Friday that Ryan has purchased a private suite inside of the Canadian Tire Centre that will host 16 local children. But it’s not just a one time thing. Rather, Ryan’s suite will be made available for the kids at each Senators home game for the next eight seasons. The fantastic gesture by the young Senator was a donation to the Ottawa Senators Foundation, and the suite will be known as Bobby Ryan’s All-Star Kids.
It’s always fantastic to see professional athletes give back, but there’s something even more heartwarming about Ryan giving back to local children, especially as he himself had somewhat of a troubled childhood.
“Since his arrival in Ottawa, Bobby has truly embraced our community and our fans,” Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said in a release from the team. “I want to personally thank Bobby for his generous donation of a private suite that will bring a special group of young Sens fans to every home game for the next eight hockey seasons.”
For the remainder of 2014-15, Bobby Ryan’s All-Star Kids suite will play host to 16 children from the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.
Drafted second overall in the 2005 draft by the Anaheim Ducks, Ryan was traded to the Senators in the summer of 2013, and has since posted 25 goals and 53 points in 78 games with the team. Ottawa has embraced the winger since his arrival, and this will surely endear him more to the hometown fans.