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Ottawa Senators
(Sénateurs d'Ottawa)
2009–10 Ottawa Senators season
Conference Eastern
Division Northeast
Founded 1990
(began play in 1992)
History Ottawa Senators

1992–present

Home arena Scotiabank Place
City Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
ECN-Uniform-OTT.PNG
Colours Red, Black, Gold and White

                   

Media Rogers Sportsnet East
Réseau des sports (RDS)
TEAM (1200 AM)
Owner(s) Canada Eugene Melnyk
General manager Canada Bryan Murray
Head coach Canada Cory Clouston
Captain Sweden Daniel Alfredsson
Minor league affiliates Binghamton Senators (AHL)
Elmira Jackals (ECHL)
Stanley Cups None
Conference championships 2006–07
Division championships 1998–99, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2005–06

The Ottawa Senators are a professional ice hockey team based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The Ottawa Senators are members of the Northeast Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Senators play their home games at the 19,153 seat (20,500 capacity) Scotiabank Place (originally named the 'Palladium', and later the 'Corel Centre').

Founded and established by Ottawa real estate developer Bruce Firestone, the team is the second NHL franchise to use the Ottawa Senators nickname. The original Ottawa Senators, founded in 1883, had a famed history, winning 11 Stanley Cups[1] and playing in the NHL from 1917 until 1934. On December 6, 1990, after a two year public campaign by Firestone to return the NHL to Ottawa, the NHL awarded a new franchise, which began play in the 1992–93 season.[2] The team has had two changes of ownership, from Firestone to Rod Bryden in 1993 due to the arena development process and its financing, and subsequently to Eugene Melnyk after a 2003 bankruptcy.[3]

The club began modestly as an expansion team playing in the 10,000 seat Ottawa Civic Centre, finishing last in the league for its first four seasons.[4] Since then, the team has qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs in 11 of the past 12 seasons, winning the Presidents' Trophy in 2003, and appearing in the 2007 Stanley Cup Finals. Off the ice, the club has one of the top attendance records in the league,[5] averaging over 19,000 per game.[6] The club is valued at $197 million.[7]

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Team history

Ottawa's first logo 1991–2007

Ottawa had been home to the original Senators, a founding NHL franchise and eleven-time Stanley Cup champions. After the NHL expanded to the United States in the late 1920s, the original Senators were not able to make enough money in Ottawa to offset the increased costs. The club started selling players for cash to survive, but eventually the losses forced the franchise to move to St. Louis in 1934 and was renamed the Eagles. The team was unsuccessful in St. Louis, and was permanently suspended after just one year.

Fifty-four years later, after the NHL announced its plans to expand by two teams, Ottawa real estate developer Bruce Firestone decided along with colleagues Cyril Leeder and Randy Sexton that Ottawa was now ready for another franchise, and the group proceeded to put a bid together. His firm, Terrace Investments, did not have the liquid assets to finance the expansion fee and the team, but the group conceived a strategy to leverage a land development. In 1989, after finding a suitable site on farmland just west of Ottawa in Kanata on which to construct a new arena, Terrace announced its intention to win a franchise and launched a successful "Bring Back the Senators" campaign to both woo the public and persuade the NHL that the city could support an NHL franchise. Public support was high and the group would secure over 11,000 season ticket pledges.[8] On December 12, 1990, the NHL granted franchises to Firestone's group as well as a group in Tampa, Florida, to start play in 1992.[2]

1992–1996: First seasons

The new team hired former NHL player Mel Bridgman, who had no previous NHL management experience, as its first General Manager in 1992. The team was initially interested in hiring former Jack Adams Award winner Brian Sutter as its first head coach, but Sutter came with a high price tag and was reluctant to be a part of an expansion team. When Sutter was eventually signed to coach the Boston Bruins, Ottawa signed Rick Bowness, the man Sutter replaced in Boston. The new Senators played their first game on 1992-10-08, in the Ottawa Civic Centre against the Montreal Canadiens with lots of pre-game spectacle.[9] The Senators would defeat the Canadiens 5–2 in one of the few highlights that season. Montreal would eventually finish the season with a Stanley Cup victory. Following the initial excitement of the opening night victory, the club floundered badly and would eventually tie with the San Jose Sharks for the worst record in the league, winning only 10 games with 70 losses and 4 ties for 24 points, three points better than the NHL record for futility. The Senators had aimed low and considered the 1992–93 season a small success, as Firestone had set a goal for the season of not setting a new NHL record for fewest points in a season. The long term plan was to finish low in the standings for its' first few years in order to secure high draft picks and eventually contend for the Stanley Cup.[10]

Original General Manager Mel Bridgman was fired after one season and team president Randy Sexton took over GM duties. Firestone himself soon left the team and Rod Bryden emerged as the new owner. The strategy of aiming low and securing a high draft position did not change. The Senators finished last overall for the next three seasons. Although 1993 first overall draft choice Alexandre Daigle wound up being one of the greatest draft busts in NHL history,[11] they chose Radek Bonk in 1994, Bryan Berard (traded for Wade Redden) in 1995, Chris Phillips in 1996, and Marian Hossa in 1997, all of whom would become solid NHL players and formed a strong core of players in years to come. Alexei Yashin, the team's first ever draft selection from 1992, emerged as one of the NHL's brightest young stars. The team traded many of their better veteran players of the era, including 1992–93 leading scorer Norm Maciver, Mike Peluso, and Bob Kudelski, in an effort to stockpile prospects and draft picks.

Inside the Senators' arena, Scotiabank Place, their home since January 1996.

As the 1995–96 season began, star centre Alexei Yashin refused to honor his contract and did not play. In December, after three straight last-place finishes and a team which was ridiculed throughout the league, fans began to grow restless waiting for the team's long term plan to yield results, and arena attendance began to decline. Rick Bowness was fired in late 1995 and was replaced by Prince Edward Island Senators head coach Dave Allison. Allison would fare no better than his predecessor, and the team would stumble to a 2–22–3 record under him. Sexton himself was fired and replaced by Pierre Gauthier, the former assistant GM of Anaheim.[12] Before the end of January 1996, Gauthier had resolved the team's most pressing issues by settling star player Alexei Yashin's contract dispute, and hiring the highly regarded Jacques Martin as head coach.[13] While Ottawa finished last overall once again, the 1995–96 season ended with renewed optimism, due in part to the upgraded management and coaching, and also to the emergence of an unheralded rookie from Sweden named Daniel Alfredsson, who would win the Calder Memorial Trophy as NHL Rookie of the Year in 1996.[4]

1996–2004: Jacques Martin era

Martin would impose a "strong defense first" philosophy that led to the team qualifying for the playoffs every season that he coached, but he was criticized for the team's lack of success in the playoffs, notably losing four straight series against the provincial rival Toronto Maple Leafs.[14] Martin outlasted several general managers and a change in ownership.

In 1996–97, his first season, the club qualified for the playoffs in the last game of the season, and nearly defeated the Buffalo Sabres in the first round. In 1997–98, the club finished with their first winning record and upset the heavily favoured New Jersey Devils to win their first playoff series.[4] In 1998–99, the Senators jumped from 14th overall in the previous season to 3rd, with 103 points—the first 100-point season in club history, only to be swept in the first round. In 1999–2000 despite the holdout of team captain Alexei Yashin, Martin guided the team to the playoffs, only to lose to the Maple Leafs in the first Battle of Ontario series.[15][16] Yashin returned for 2000–01 and the team improved to win their division and place second in the Eastern Conference. Yashin played poorly in another playoff loss to the Maple Leafs[17] and on the day of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, he was traded to the New York Islanders in exchange for Zdeno Chara, Bill Muckalt, and the second overall selection in the draft, which Ottawa promptly used to select centre Jason Spezza.[18]

Jason Spezza, now Ottawa's top center, was picked with the draft choice received for Alexei Yashin.

Without Yashin, the 2001–02 Senators regular season points total dropped, but in the playoffs, they upset the Philadelphia Flyers for the franchise's second playoff series win. This led to a second round series with Toronto, and the third straight loss to the Maple Leafs. Despite speculation that Martin would be fired, it was GM Marshall Johnston who left, retiring from the team,[19] replaced by John Muckler, the Senators' first with previous GM experience.[20]

In 2002–03 off-ice problems dominated the headlines, as the Senators filed for bankruptcy in mid-season, but continued play after getting emergency financing.[21] Despite the off-ice problems, Ottawa had an outstanding season, placing first overall in the NHL to win the President's Trophy. In the playoffs they came within one game of making it into the finals.[22] Prior to the 2003–04 season, pharmaceutical billionaire Eugene Melnyk would purchase the club to bring financial stability.[23] Martin would guide the team to another good regular season but in the first round the Leafs would again defeat the Senators, leading to Martin's dismissal as management felt that a new coach was required for playoff success.[24]

2004–present: Bryan Murray era

After the playoff loss, owner Melnyk promised that changes were coming and they came quickly. In June 2004, Anaheim Ducks GM Bryan Murray of nearby Shawville, became head coach. That summer, the team also made substantial personnel changes, trading long-time players Patrick Lalime[25] and Radek Bonk,[26] and signing free agent goaltender Dominik Hasek.[27] The team would not be able to show its new lineup for a year, as the 2004–05 NHL lockout intervened and most players playing in Europe or in the minors. In a final change, just before the 2005–06 season, the team traded long-time player Marian Hossa for Dany Heatley.

The media predicted the Senators to be Stanley Cup contenders in 2005–06, as they had a strong core of players returning, played in an up-tempo style fitting the new rule changes and Hasek was expected to provide top-notch goaltending.[28] The team rushed out of the gate, winning 19 of the first 22 games, in the end winning 52 games and 113 points, placing first in the conference, and second overall. The newly formed 'CASH'[29] line of Alfredsson, Spezza and newly acquired Dany Heatley established itself as one of the league's top offensive lines.[30] Hasek played well until he was injured during the 2006 Winter Olympics,[31] forcing the team to enter the playoffs with rookie netminder Ray Emery as their starter.[32] Without Hasek, the club bowed out in a second round loss to the Buffalo Sabres.

Forward Dany Heatley netted two consecutive 50 goal seasons in 2005–06 and the following year.

2006–07: Trip to the Stanley Cup finals

In 2006–07, the Senators reached the Stanley Cup Finals after qualifying for the playoffs in nine consecutive seasons. The Senators had a high turn-over of personnel and the disappointment of 2006 to overcome and started the season poorly. Trade rumours swirled around Daniel Alfredsson for most of the last months of 2006. The team lifted itself out of last place in the division to nearly catch the Buffalo Sabres by season's end, placing fourth in the Eastern Conference. The team finished with 105 points, their fourth straight 100 point season and sixth in the last eight.[33] In the playoffs, Ottawa continued its good play. Led by the 'CASH' line, goaltender Ray Emery, and the strong defense of Chris Phillips and Anton Volchenkov, the club defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins, the second-ranked New Jersey Devils, and the top-ranked Buffalo Sabres to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Captain Daniel Alfredsson improved his play in the 2007 playoffs, tallying a playoff leading 22 points
First Stanley Cup finals in the capital in 80 years

The 2006–07 Senators thus became the first Ottawa team to be in the Stanley Cup final since 1927 and the city was swept up in the excitement.[34] Businesses along all of the main streets posted large hand-drawn 'Go Sens Go' signs, residents put up large displays in front of the their homes or decorated their cars.[35] A large Ottawa Senators flag was draped on the City Hall, along with a large video screen showing the games. A six-story likeness of Daniel Alfredsson was hung on the Corel building.[36] Rallies were held outside of City Hall, car rallies of decorated cars paraded through town and a section of downtown, dubbed the 'Sens Mile', was closed off to traffic during and after games for fans to congregate.[37]

In the final, the Senators now faced the Anaheim Ducks, considered a favourite since the start of the season, a team the Senators had last played in 2006, and a team known for its strong defense. The Ducks won the first two games in Anaheim 3-2 and 1–0. Returning home, the Senators won game three 5–3, but lost game four 3–2. The Ducks won game five 6–2 in Anaheim to clinch the series. The Ducks had played outstanding defense, shutting down the 'CASH' line, forcing Murray to split up the line. The Ducks scored timely goals and Ducks' goaltender Giguere out-played Emery.[38]

2007–08: Stanley Cup hangover

The Senators made major changes in their hockey staff during the off-season. On June 17, 2007, general manager John Muckler was fired; he had been in the last year of his contract. Head coach Bryan Murray was promoted to GM.[39] On July 5, 2007, he hired his nephew Tim Murray as assistant GM,[40] followed by the promotion of assistant coach John Paddock to head coach on July 6, 2007.[41] On August 15, goaltending coach Ron Low was named as assistant coach and Eli Wilson was named goaltending coach. Assistant coach Greg Carvel retained his duties.[42]

On November 5, 2007, the Ottawa Senators set a franchise record eighth straight win with their victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.[43] On November 6, six Senators were named to the All-Star Game ballot: Daniel Alfredsson, Ray Emery, Dany Heatley, Chris Phillips, Wade Redden and Jason Spezza, the most from any one team in the NHL.[44] The CASH line was named to the All-Star roster in its entirety: Alfredsson to the starting lineup and Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza as reserves.[45] On January 24, 2008, Alfredsson recorded a franchise record 7 points (3 goals, 4 assists) against the Tampa Bay Lightning, taking over the NHL scoring lead momentarily.[46]

After the hot start, a prolonged slump through January and February occurred during which the Senators won only 7 of 21 games, and Murray fired head coach Paddock and assistant coach Ron Low on February 27, 2008, taking over the coaching duties himself.[47] After the coaching switch, team performance improved, but did not match the performance of the beginning of the season. A playoff spot was in doubt until the Senators' last game of the season, a loss to Boston, but the team qualified due to Carolina losing.[48] After all other games were played, the team ended up as the 7th seed and faced the Pittsburgh Penguins in the opening round, a repeat of the 2006-2007 Eastern Conference quarter final.[49] The Senators lost the series 4–0, the third time they were swept in a first-round series. The result, after going to the finals the previous season, led to speculation by the media that the team would make a large change in personnel before next season, including the buying out of Ray Emery and the Senators not re-signing their free agents.[50]

2008–09 and beyond

After a disappointing 2007–08 season, Senators' management promised change, and in the off-season fulfilled that promise with changes both in coaching and on-ice personnel. On June 13, 2008, the Senators named Craig Hartsburg, who had been head coach of the OHL's Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, as the new head coach, signing him to a three-year contract.[51] Among other notable candidates for the position were Bob Hartley and Peter DeBoer. The Senators also named Curtis Hunt, formerly of the Regina Pats, as assistant coach.

On the player side, the first change was the buy-out of troubled goaltender Ray Emery's contract following a difficult season.[52] Long-time Senator Wade Redden left via free-agency, and 2007–08 trade acquisitions Mike Commodore, Cory Stillman, and Martin Lapointe were not re-signed. Brian McGrattan and Andrej Meszaros were traded, Meszaros following a contract dispute. From the free agent market, the Senators signed goaltender Alex Auld, defenseman Jason Smith, and agitating forward Jarkko Ruutu. In exchange for Meszaros, defensemen Filip Kuba, Alexandre Picard, and a 2009 first round pick (later dealt for defenseman Chris Campoli) were acquired from the Tampa Bay Lightning.

To start the 2008–09 season, the Senators played their first-ever games in Europe, starting in Gothenburg, Sweden, playing Daniel Alfredsson's former team Frolunda HC. The Senators then began the regular season with two games in Stockholm, Sweden against the Pittsburgh Penguins, splitting the results in a 4-3 overtime loss and a 3–1 win.

The Senators struggled throughout the first half of the season having the lowest number of goals scored in the league. Following a disappointing 17-24-7 start, the Senators fired Hartsburg on February 1, 2009, following a 7-4 loss to the Washington Capitals.[53] He was replaced by Cory Clouston, the head coach of their farm team in Binghamton, NY. The team showed almost immediate improvement under Clouston, playing above .500 for the remainder of the season. Though much improved, the team was unable to make up for its' poor start, and was officially eliminated from playoff contention on March 31. The team continued to play well, winning nine games in a row at home. On April 8, Clouston was rewarded with a two-year deal to continue coaching the Senators.[54]

After the season had concluded, word was leaked that star forward Heatley had demanded a trade, placing GM Murray in a precarious position. On June 30, a deal to Edmonton was finalized, but Heatley rejected it by refusing to waive his no-trade clause. On September 12, 2009, Heatley was traded, along with a 5th round pick in 2010 NHL Entry Draft, to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for forwards Milan Michalek and Jonathan Cheechoo, as well as a second round pick in the 2010 NHL Draft.

Team information

Logo and jersey design

The team colours are red, black and white, with added trim of gold. The team's away jersey is mostly white with red and black trim, while the home jersey is red, with white and black trim. The club logo is officially the head of a Roman general, a member of the Senate of the Roman Empire,[55] projecting from a gold circle. The original, unveiled on May 23, 1991, described the general as a "centurion figure, strong and prominent" according to its designer, Tony Milchard.[55]

The current jersey design was unveiled on August 22, 2007, in conjunction with the league-wide adoption of the Rbk EDGE jerseys by Reebok for the 2007–08 season.[56] The jersey incorporates the original Senators' 'O' logo as a shoulder patch. At the same time, the team updated its logos, and switched their usage. The primary logo, which according to team owner Eugene Melnyk, "represents strength and determination" is an update of the old secondary logo.[57] The old primary logo has become the team's secondary logo and only appears on Senators' merchandise.[56]

On November 22, 2008, the Senators unveiled a new third jersey in a game versus the New York Rangers. Marketed with the slogan 'Back in Black' in reference to the black "away" jerseys the team wore during its first several seasons, the jersey is primarily black, while the team's other traditional colors of white and red are also integrated.[58] The Senators' primary "centurion figure" logo moves to the shoulders.[59] The front features the word 'SENS' in white with red and gold trim, as a new primary logo.

Broadcasting

On television, home and away games are broadcast on Rogers Sportsnet within the Ottawa River valley and Eastern Ontario.[60] Rogers Sportsnet also broadcasts Senators games in the Maritime provinces and Newfoundland and Labrador as part of its 'Sportsnet East' network.[61] CBC's Hockey Night in Canada[62] and TSN[63] broadcast the Senators nationally in Canada.

'Spartacat' - the team mascot

Starting in the 2006–07 seasons, several games were only available in video on pay-per-view or at local movie theatres in the Ottawa area.[64] The "Sens TV" service was suspended as of September 24, 2008, but it may return for 2009–10.[65]

On radio, all home and away games are broadcast on a network of local stations in eastern Ontario.[60] The 'flagship' radio station is the Ottawa station Team 1200, which produces the broadcasts and provides the play-by-play announcers.[60] The Team 1200 audio is available over the Internet,[66] and games are simulcast from the NHL main web site.[67] Dean Brown is widely regarded as "the voice of the Ottawa Senators", and he provides play-by-play for most Senators' games broadcast on Rogers Sportsnet, Hockey Night In Canada, and the Team 1200.

Attendance and revenues

On April 18, 2008, the club announced its final attendance figures for 2007–08. The club had 40 sell-outs out of 41 home dates, a total attendance of 812,665 during the regular season, placing the club third in attendance in the NHL.[5] The number of sell-outs and the total attendance were both club records. The previous attendance records were set during the 2005–06 with a season total of 798,453 and 33 sell-outs.[68] In 2006–07 regular season attendance was 794,271, with 31 sell-outs out of 41 home dates or an average attendance of 19,372. In the 2007 playoffs, the Senators played 9 games with 8 sell-outs and an attendance of 181,272 for an average of 20,141, the highest in team history.[68]

On October 29, 2008, a Forbes Magazine report valued the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club at $207 million, (13th highest in NHL) with an operating income of $4.7 million on revenues of $96 million in 2006–07. Revenues were the team's highest in its history, while operating income was down from 2006–07 when the Senators had more playoff games. The gate receipts for the 2006–07 season were $50 million. Forbes estimates that the organization has a debt/value ratio of 63%, including arena debt.[7] Eugene Melnyk bought the team for $92 million in 2003.[3]

Arena entertainment

At many home games the fans are entertained both outside and inside Scotiabank Place with a myriad of talent - live music, rock bands, giveaways and promotions. The live music includes the traditional Scottish music of the 'Sons of Scotland Pipe Band' of Ottawa along with highland dancers.[69] Before and during games, entertainment is provided by Spartacat, the official mascot of the Senators, an anthropomorphic lion. He made his debut on the Senators' opening night: October 8, 1992.[70] Anthems are usually sung by Ontario Provincial Police Constable Lyndon Slewidge.

Sens Army

Elgin Street after the Senators Game 3 win.

The fans of the Senators are known as the Sens Army.[71] Like most hockey fanatics, they are known to dress up for games; some in Roman legionary clothing. For the 2006-2007 playoff run, more fans then ever before would wear red, and fan activities included 'Red Rallies' of decorated cars, fan rallies at Ottawa City Hall Plaza and the 'Sens Mile' along Elgin Street where fans would congregate.[72]

Sens Mile

Much like the Red Mile in Calgary during the Flames' 2004 cup run and the Copper Kilometer in Edmonton during the Oilers' 2006 cup run, Ottawa Senators fans took to the streets to celebrate their team's success during the 2006-07 playoffs. The idea to have a 'Sens Mile' on the downtown Elgin Street, a street with numerous restaurants and pubs, began as a grassroots campaign on Facebook by Ottawa residents before Game 4 of the Ottawa-Buffalo Eastern Conference Final series.[73] After the Game 5 win, Ottawa residents closed the street to traffic for a spontaneous celebration.[74] The City of Ottawa then closed Elgin Street for each game of the Final.[75]

Team record

All-time

As of the end of the 2007–08 season.[76]

GP W L T OTL
All-Time 1200 526 495 115 64
Home 600 284 220 60 36
Away 600 242 275 55 28

Season by season record

This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by the Senators. For the full season-by-season history, see List of Ottawa Senators seasons

Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes

Records as of end of the 2008–09 NHL season. [77]

Season GP W L T OTL Pts GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
2004–05 Season cancelled due to 2004–05 NHL lockout
2005–061 82 52 21 - 9 113 314 211 1443 1st, Northeast Lost in Conference Semifinals, 1–4 (Sabres)
2006–07 82 48 25 - 9 105 288 222 1161 2nd, Northeast Lost in Finals, 1–4 (Ducks)
2007–08 82 43 31 - 8 94 261 247 1153 2nd, Northeast Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 0–4 (Penguins)
2008–09 82 36 35 - 11 83 213 231 1084 4th, Northeast Did not qualify
1 As of the 2005–06 NHL season, all games will have a winner; the OTL column includes SOL (Shootout losses).

Players

Current roster

Updated March 16, 2010.[78]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
11 Sweden Alfredsson, DanielDaniel Alfredsson (C) RW R 37 1994 Gothenburg, Sweden
14 Canada Campoli, ChrisChris Campoli D L 25 2009 Mississauga, Ontario
39 Canada Carkner, MattMatt Carkner D R 29 2007 Winchester, Ontario
7 United States Cullen, MattMatt Cullen C L 33 2010 Virginia, Minnesota
10 Canada Donovan, SheanShean Donovan RW R 35 2007 Timmins, Ontario
30 Canada Elliott, BrianBrian Elliott G R 24 2003 Newmarket, Ontario
12 Canada Fisher, MikeMike Fisher (A) C R 29 1998 Peterborough, Ontario
71 United States Foligno, NickNick Foligno Injured Reserve LW L 22 2006 Buffalo, New York
65 Sweden Karlsson, ErikErik Karlsson D R 19 2008 Landsbro, Sweden
22 Canada Kelly, ChrisChris Kelly C L 29 1999 Toronto, Ontario
27 Russia Kovalev, AlexeiAlexei Kovalev RW L 37 2009 Togliatti, Soviet Union
17 Czech Republic Kuba, FilipFilip Kuba D L 33 2008 Ostrava, Czechoslovakia
33 Canada Leclaire, PascalPascal Leclaire G L 27 2009 Repentigny, Quebec
9 Czech Republic Michalek, MilanMilan Michalek LW L 25 2009 Jindřichův Hradec, Czechoslovakia
25 Canada Neil, ChrisChris Neil RW R 30 1998 Flesherton, Ontario
4 Canada Phillips, ChrisChris Phillips (A) D L 32 1996 Calgary, Alberta
43 Denmark Regin, PeterPeter Regin C L 23 2004 Herning, Denmark
73 Finland Ruutu, JarkkoJarkko Ruutu LW L 34 2008 Helsinki, Finland
26 United States Shannon, RyanRyan Shannon C/RW R 27 2008 Darien, Connecticut
19 Canada Spezza, JasonJason Spezza C R 26 2001 Mississauga, Ontario
5 Canada Sutton, AndyAndy Sutton D L 35 2010 Kingston, Ontario
24 Russia Volchenkov, AntonAnton Volchenkov D L 28 2000 Moscow, Soviet Union
18 Canada Winchester, JesseJesse Winchester C R 26 2008 Cornwall, Ontario

Team captains


Honoured members

Hall of Famers

  • Roger Neilson - Senators assistant coach & head coach (2001–03), was inducted (as a Builder) on November 4, 2002, for his career in coaching.

Retired numbers

  • 8 - Frank Finnigan, on opening night, October 8, 1992. Finnigan was honoured for his play from 1923 through 1934 for the original Ottawa Senators (as a right wing, 1923-31 & 1932-34). He was the last surviving Senator from the Stanley Cup winners of 1927 and participated in the 'Bring Back The Senators' campaign.
  • 99 - Wayne Gretzky, on February 6, 2000. Gretzky's sweater number was retired league-wide by the NHL.(Source: NHL staff (2001). National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2002). Dan Diamond & Associates. 

Team scoring leaders

These are the top-ten point-scorers in franchise history, post-1992, after the 2008–09 season:

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game average;

Player Pos GP G A Pts P/G
Daniel Alfredsson* [A] RW 989 362 576 936 .99

Daniel Alfredsson's 1000th game is coming up soon. April 10th, 2010 is the big day at Scotiabank Place vs. the Buffalo Sabres, be there.

Alexei Yashin C 504 218 273 491 .97
Jason Spezza* [B] C 404 148 270 418 1.03
Wade Redden D 838 101 309 410 .49
Radek Bonk C 689 152 247 399 .58
Marian Hossa RW 467 188 202 390 .84
Dany Heatley[C] LW 317 180 182 362 1.14
Shawn McEachern LW 454 142 162 304 .67
Mike Fisher* [D] C 541 128 143 271 .50
Martin Havlat does indeed like Penis LW 294 105 130 235 .79

* current Senators player

Figures are updated after each completed NHL regular season. Totals contain only games played for Ottawa.

Sources:
Ottawa Senators staff (2007). Ottawa Senators Media Guide 2007-08. Ottawa Senators. pp. 177–179. 
^ A. "NHL.com page for Daniel Alfredsson". http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8460621&view=stats. Retrieved 2009-07-17. 
^ B. "NHL.com page for Jason Spezza". http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8469455&view=stats. Retrieved 2009-07-17. 
^ C. "NHL.com page for Dany Heatley". http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8468482&view=stats. Retrieved 2009-07-17. 
^ D. "NHL.com page for Mike Fisher". http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8467370&view=stats. Retrieved 2009-07-17. 

NHL awards and trophies


Team records

Source: Ottawa Senators staff (2007). Ottawa Senators Media Guide 2007–08. Ottawa Senators. pp. 166–167. 

Franchise record Name of player Statistic Year(s)
Most goals in a season Dany Heatley 50 2005–06
2006–07
Most assists in a season Jason Spezza 71 2005–06
Most points in a season Dany Heatley 105 2006–07
Most points in a season, defenseman Norm MacIver 63 1992–93
Most points in a season, rookie Alexei Yashin 79 1993–94
Most penalty Minutes in a season Mike Peluso 318 1992–93
Highest +/- rating in a season Daniel Alfredsson +42 2006–07
Most playoff games played Daniel Alfredsson 101 (milestone)
Most goaltender wins in a season Patrick Lalime 39 2002–03
Most shutouts in a season Patrick Lalime 8 2002–03
Lowest G.A.A. in a season Ron Tugnutt 1.79 1998–99
Best save percentage in a season Ron Tugnutt .925 1998–99

See also

References

Bibliography

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  • Garrioch, Bruce (1998). "Ottawa Senators, 1992–93 to date". Total Hockey. Total Sports. pp. 225–227. ISBN 0836271149. 
  • MacGregor, Roy (1996). Ottawa Senators. Creative Education. ISBN 0886826829. 
  • MacGregor, Roy (1993). Road games : a year in the life of the NHL. Macfarlane Walter & Ross. ISBN 0921912587. 
  • Ottawa Senators staff (2007). Ottawa Senators Media Guide 2007–08. Ottawa Senators. 
  • McKinley, Michael (1998). Etched in ice : a tribute to hockey's defining moments. Vancouver: Greystone Books. ISBN 1550546546. 
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  • Stein, Gil (1997). Power Plays: An Inside Look at the Big Business of the National Hockey League. Birch Lane Press. ISBN 1559724226. 

Notes

  1. ^ NHL counts 11. Hockey Hall of Fame count is 10.
  2. ^ a b Finnigan, pg. 201
  3. ^ a b "#14 Ottawa Senators". November 8, 2007. http://www.forbes.com/lists/2007/31/biz_07nhl_Ottawa-Senators_318444.html. Retrieved 2008-01-22. 
  4. ^ a b c Garrioch, pg. 227
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Ottawa Senators is the name of two teams that have played ice hockey in the National Hockey League (NHL) and a women's ice hockey team in the Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL).

The first team, then known as the Ottawa Silver Seven, won the Stanley Cup in 1903. In those days, other teams could challenge for the cup at any time. The Silver Seven won nine challenges, keeping the cup until 1906. The team changed its name to Senators, and then won the cup again in 1909, 1911, 1920, 1921, 1923, and 1927. Its star players included goaltender Clint Benedict, and forwards Cy Denneny and Frank Nighbor. The team moved to St. Louis in 1934, where they played for one year.

The current Ottawa Senators began playing in 1992. They won the President's Trophy as the top team in the regular season in 2002-2003. Some of their best players have included Daniel Alfredsson, Alexei Yashin, Marian Hossa, Zdeno Chara,and Dany Heatley.

The Ottawa Senators made it all the way to the Stanley Cup finals in 2006-2007 but they lost the best of seven playoff series 4-1 to the Anaheim Ducks.

The women's ice hockey team called Ottawa Senators is part of the Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL). The team began playing in 1988. The team was then known as the National Capital Raiders. In 1989 the team changed its name to Ottawa Raiders. In 2007 the team again changed its name to the Ottawa Capital Canucks. The team changed its name to the Ottawa Senators in 2008. The current coach of the team is Brad Marsh. He used to play for the Ottawa Senators in the NHL.

2009–10 Season

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* - Division Leader x - Clinched Playoff spot y - Clinched Division z - Clinched Conference p - Clinched Presidents' Trophy e - Eliminated from Playoff Contention
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