NHL Senators sale COLUMBUS, OH – JANUARY 24: A general view of the NHL logo prior to the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition at the Nationwide Arena on January 24, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The NHL’s Ottawa Senators are up for sale following former owner Eugene Melnyk’s death last March, and many celebrities are involved in groups bidding for the team. Comedian Russell Peters has joined the bid from entrepreneur Neko Sparks, including Snoop Dogg and Jamaican sprinter Donovan Bailey, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and former world record holder in the 100 meters.

Peters announced on Instagram that he was “pumped” to be part of Sparks’ prospective ownership group in their historic bid for the Senators. Sparks’ group is the first-ever Black, Indigenous, South Asian, visible minority group to bid on a National Hockey League team.

Peters, a Canadian-born comedian, has prior connections to the NHL. In 2017, Peters emceed the NHL’s new jersey launch as the league, and Adidas unveiled new-look uniforms for the 2017-18 season. While Peters made a tongue-in-cheek comment about his hometown team—the Toronto Maple Leafs— he still wore the jersey from pride, as he’s originally from Toronto.


Perhaps he’s ready to change his allegiance to the Senators. Still, it doesn’t appear that’ll affect Peters, who said he had to represent “The biggest losing team in history” before putting on the Leafs’ jersey.

It remains to be seen who ultimately wins the bid for the Senators as they remain up for sale. The addition of celebrities is starting to get a little out of hand.

[Russell Peters]

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