Since the NHL’s Ottawa Senators went up for sale on Friday, names have been floated about as potential buyers, including Canadian-born actor Ryan Reynolds.
He confirmed on ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ that the interest is genuine.
‘It’s very expensive, so I need a partner with very deep pockets,’ said the star of the ‘Deadpool’ movies, ‘Green Lantern’ and ‘The Proposal.’
‘It’s called a consortium when you form a group together to buy an entity, and it’s such a fancy way of saying I need a sugar mommy or a sugar daddy. And if that doesn’t work out, I’ll buy a U.S. Senator, which anyone can afford.’
Longtime Senators owner Eugene Melnyk died in March at age 62. The team said Friday that a condition of the sale is that the team would have to stay in the Ottawa area. Sportico has listed the Senators as being worth $655 million.
Reynolds and actor Rob McElhenney bought the Welsh soccer team Wrexham AFC in 2021.
Reynolds grew up in Vancouver, but also spent time in the Ottawa area, he told Fallon.
Reynolds attended a Senators game on Tuesday and received a big ovation when introduced to the crowd.
‘He’s got interest in the team and I think it would be great for the community,” Senators captain Brady Tkachuk said, according to The Athletic. “You can see the fans really enjoyed it too. So to have somebody like him kind of have interest in us, it’s pretty cool to see.”