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Ottawa Senators fire CEO Jim Little

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Published on March 08, 2020 with No Comments

The Ottawa Senators  has fired new CEO Jim Little, continuing a string of executive departures for a club that has struggled on and off the ice in recent years. Since 2017, the Senators have parted ways with CEOs Little, Tom Anselmi and Cyril Leeder, COO Nicolas Ruszkowski and chief marketing officer Aimee Deziel. The club said that a new CEO will be announced in the next few weeks.

Senators owner Eugene Melnyk named Little the club’s CEO on Jan. 10.

The Senators said Little’s conduct was “inconsistent” with the core values of the team and the NHL. However, Little said in a statement released to multiple media outlets that the reasons for his dismissal were simply the result of a heated disagreement between himself and Melnyk. “On Valentine’s Day, the owner and I had a personal disagreement over the approach that I had been pursuing,” Little said. “I am a strong-willed person, and the disagreement included me using some strong language with him over the phone, including some swearing, which he did not appreciate and for which I later apologized. It was these events, to my knowledge, which led to my dismissal. Any other inference from the statement is wrong.”

 

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