Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds is making headlines after reports say he is looking to invest in the NHL’s Ottawa Senators. Reynolds, best known for his role in the movie “Deadpool,” is reportedly part of a group that’s looking to acquire the professional hockey team in a bid that could reach up to $1 billion. According to the Ottawa Sun, Reynolds and real estate magnate Christopher Bratty are gearing up to purchase the Senators and their home venue, the Canadian Tire Centre.
The Senators are currently owned by the Melnky family, who have retained Galatioto Sports Partners to sell the team. The deadline for final bids is May 15th. Reynolds and Bratty are said to be interested in building a new ice rink in downtown Ottawa and creating an entertainment district around it, similar to what other NHL teams have done.
Reynolds’ Interest in Sports Investment and Potential Ownership of Senators
This isn’t the first time Reynolds has invested in the world of sports. He and “It’s Always Sunny” star Rob McElhenney own the Wrexham soccer/football team in the UK. Reynolds also recently sold his mobile phone company, Mint, to T-Mobile for more than $1 billion, which he shared with other Mint owners.
Reynolds has expressed his desire to purchase the Senators in previous interviews, telling Jimmy Fallon in November 2022, “I am trying to [buy the team]; it’s very expensive, so I need a partner with really deep pockets.” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman met with Reynolds in December 2022 to discuss the potential ownership of the Senators and was impressed by Reynolds’ interest.
The Senators went up for sale in November 2022 after the passing of veteran owner Eugene Melnyk. As Reynolds and Bratty gear up to submit their bid, many are curious to see if the Deadpool actor will add NHL team owner to his list of accomplishments.
Reynolds is also set to star in the highly-anticipated “Deadpool 3” alongside Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, but it seems like the actor has his sights set on a new venture – purchasing the Ottawa Senators.