Ottawa, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is in need of a liver transplant.

The Senators said Melnyk has been battling major health issues since January. He was admitted to the hospital three weeks ago because of liver-related complications.

On Friday, the club said more than 1,000 calls have been received and numerous applications have been sent to the Donor Transplant Team in Toronto.