Honestly, I couldn’t be better:’ Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk feeling great after liver transplant

The National Post | Lisa Wallace

NETWORKSenators owner Eugene Melnyk addresses the media on Friday at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, where he spoke about his recovery from a liver transplant earlier this year.

OTTAWA — Some seven months after undergoing a liver transplant, Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk says he can’t remember the last time he felt so good.

“Honestly, I couldn’t be better,” Melnyk said prior to his charity skate on Friday.

Melnyk’s family announced in May that he was suffering end-stage liver failure and made an urgent public appeal for a living donor.

The 56-year-old billionaire had been on the waiting list for a deceased donor organ for several weeks, but having a rare AB blood type meant that finding a living liver donor was his only option. None of his family or friends were deemed to be medically suitable donors.

More than 500 people volunteered to give a portion of their liver, with the candidate who ultimately donated remaining anonymous. Continue reading