Ottawa Senators

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Ottawa Senators
2012–13 Ottawa Senators season
Conference Eastern
Division Northeast
Founded 1990
(began play in 1992)
History Ottawa Senators


Home arena Canadian Tire Centre
City Ottawa, Ontario
Colours Red, black, gold and white


Media Sportsnet East
TVA Sports
Team 1200
Owner(s) Eugene Melnyk
General manager Bryan Murray
Head coach Paul MacLean
Captain Daniel Alfredsson
Minor league affiliates Binghamton Senators (AHL)
Elmira Jackals (ECHL)
Stanley Cups 0[note 1]
Conference championships 1 (2006–07)
Presidents' Trophies 1 (2002–03)
Division championships 4 (1998–99, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2005–06)

The Ottawa Senators are a professional ice hockey team based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. They 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) Canadian Tire Centre, which opened in 1996.

The team was started by Ottawa real estate developer Bruce Firestone, the team is the second NHL franchise to use the Ottawa Senators name. The original Ottawa Senators, founded in 1883, had a rich 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, the NHL awarded a new franchise, which began play in the 1992–93 season.[2] The current team owner is Eugene Melnyk,[3] and in 2011, the club was valued by Forbes Magazine at $201 million.[4]

The team has had success, qualifying for the Stanley Cup playoffs in twelve of the past fourteen seasons, four division titles, the Presidents' Trophy in 2003 and appeared in the 2007 Stanley Cup Finals. The success has been reflected in attendance. The club has averaged over 18,000 fans per game since 2005–06, peaking at 19,821 in 2007–08.[5]

Players and personnel[change | change source]

General managers[change | change source]

Nat From To
Mel Bridgman Canada 1991 1993
Randy Sexton Canada 1993 1995
Pierre Gauthier Canada 1995 1998
Rick Dudley Canada 1998 1999
Marshall Johnston Canada 1999 2002
John Muckler Canada 2002 2007
Bryan Murray Canada 2007 present

Source: Ottawa Senators 2009–10 Media Guide, p. 206.

Honoured members[change | change source]

Hall of Famers[change | change source]

  • 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[change | change source]

Ottawa Senators retired numbers
No. Player Position Career No. retirement
8 Frank Finnigan RW 1923-31, 1932-34 October 8, 1992 1
99 2 Wayne Gretzky C - February 6, 2000 [14]
  • 1 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.
  • 2 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.

All-time players[change | change source]

Team record[change | change source]

Statistics and records are current after the 2011–12 season, except where noted.

Season-by-season record[change | change source]

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

References[change | change source]

  1. NHL counts 11. Hockey Hall of Fame count is 10.
  2. Finnigan, p. 201
  3. "#14 Ottawa Senators". Forbes. November 8, 2007. Retrieved January 22, 2008.
  4. "Ottawa Senators on the Forbes NHL Valuation List". Forbes. November 30, 2011. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  5. "NHL Attendance Report". ESPN. Retrieved March 26, 2010.
  6. "Rick Bowness Coaching Record". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 31, 2009.
  7. "Dave Allison Coaching Record". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 31, 2009.
  8. "Jacques Martin Coaching Record". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 31, 2009.
  9. "Roger Neilson Coaching Record". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 31, 2009.
  10. "Bryan Murray Coaching Record". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 31, 2009.
  11. "John Paddock Coaching Record". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 31, 2009.
  12. "Craig Hartsburg Coaching Record". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 31, 2009.
  13. "Cory Clouston Coaching Record". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 20, 2009.
  14. "Gretzky's number retired before All-Star Game", Sports Illustrated, 7 February 2000
  15. Ottawa Senators staff (2011). 2011–12 Senators Media Guide (PDF) (pdf). Ottawa Senators. p. 199. Retrieved March 25, 2012.

Notes[change | change source]

  1. NHL Media Guide 2010. The original Senators (also known as the Ottawa Hockey Club) organization won eleven Stanley Cups, not the current organization founded in 1990. Neither the NHL or the Senators claim the current Senators to be a continuation of the original organization or franchise. The awards, statistics and championships of both eras are kept separate and the NHL franchise founding date of the current Senators is in 1991.

Other websites[change | change source]

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