Cyril Leeder

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Cyril Leeder
Born Cyril Leeder
(1959-09-20) September 20, 1959 (age 58)
Brockville, ON, CAN

Cyril Leeder (born September 20, 1959) is the former president of the Ottawa Senators professional ice hockey team in the National Hockey League (NHL) and its corporation, the Senators Sports & Entertainment Corporation. He is also a member of the Ottawa Community Ice Partnership, which organizes the annual Bell Capital Cup minor ice hockey tournament.

Personal information[edit]

Born in Brockville, Ontario, Leeder graduated from McMaster University in 1982. Upon graduation, Leeder became a chartered accountant with Clarkson, Gordon of Ottawa. In 1984, Leeder joined Terrace Investments, becoming president in 1987, and CEO from 1988 until 1992.[1]

Senators' career[edit]

Cyril Leeder was one of the principals, along with Terrace Investments' Bruce Firestone and Randy Sexton in the 'Bring Back the Senators' campaign in 1989 and 1990, which culminated in the NHL granting a franchise to the Terrace Investments group and the return of the Ottawa Senators to the NHL.[1] Leeder remained with the organization after Firestone left in a change of ownership, and after Sexton was fired from the general manager's job. Leeder remained with the organization in charge of the Palladium arena, now known as the Canadian Tire Centre. Leeder is credited with being the founder of the Bell Capital Cup, an annual ice hockey tournament held in Ottawa. Leeder was also responsible for the Bell Sensplex project, an arena and practice facility for the Senators. On June 16, 2009, Leeder was named team president, succeeding Roy Mlakar.[2] On January 25, 2017 Leeder was fired from his position as President and CEO of the Senators by owner Eugene Melnyk and was replaced by former MLSE executive Tom Anselmi.[3]



  1. ^ a b Public Relations Department, Ottawa Senators (2008). Ottawa Senators 2008-09 Media Guide. Ottawa Senators. p. 8. 
  2. ^ "From post-game beer to the presidency". Ottawa Citizen. June 17, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Former MLSE stalwart Tom Anselmi makes switch to Sens". The Globe & Mail. January 25, 2017. 
  4. ^ Brodie, Rob (June 6, 2012). "Sens' founders together again in Sports Hall of Fame". Ottawa Senators. Retrieved June 7, 2012. 
  5. ^ Pettibone, Steve (May 20, 2013). "Brockville and Area Sports Hall of Fame announces new inductees". Brockville Recorder & Times, Canoe Sun Media. Retrieved Nov 23, 2013.