Ottawa Senators

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Ottawa Senators
Sénateurs d'Ottawa
2021–22 Ottawa Senators season
Conference Eastern
Division Atlantic
Founded 1992
History Ottawa Senators
1992–present
Home arena Canadian Tire Centre
City Ottawa, Ontario
Colours Red, gold, black, white[1][2]
       
Media
Owner(s) Eugene Melnyk
General manager Pierre Dorion
Head coach D. J. Smith
Captain Brady Tkachuk
Minor league affiliates
Stanley Cups 0[a]
Conference championships 1 (2006–07)
Presidents' Trophies 1 (2002–03)
Division championships 4 (1998–99, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2005–06)
Official website nhl.com/senators

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 20,652-seat 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[3] 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.[4] The current team owner is Eugene Melnyk,[5] and in 2011, the club was valued by Forbes Magazine at $201 million.[6]

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 20,000 fans per game since 2005–06, peaking at 21,821 in 2007–08.[7]

Players and personnel[change | change source]

Team captains[change | change source]

Head coaches[change | change source]

Statistics are accurate through the hiring of D.J. Smith.

Nat Tenure Regular Season Playoffs
G W L T OTL Pct G W L Pct
Rick Bowness[8] Canada 19921996 235 39 178 18 .204
Dave Allison[9] Canada 1996 25 2 22 1 .100
Jacques Martin[10] Canada 19962004 692 341 235 96 20 .577 69 31 38 .449
Roger Neilson[11] Canada 2002 2 1 1 0 0 .500
Bryan Murray[12] Canada 20052008 182 107 55 20 .643 34 18 16 .529
John Paddock[13] Canada 20072008 64 36 22 6 .609
Craig Hartsburg[14] Canada 20082009 48 17 24 7 .427
Cory Clouston[15] Canada 20092011 198 95 83 20 .530 6 2 4 .333
Paul MacLean[16] Canada 20112014 239 114 90 35 .550 17 8 9 .471
Dave Cameron[17] Canada 20142016 137 70 50 17 .573 6 2 4 .333
Guy Boucher[18] Canada 20162019 228 94 108 26 .469 19 11 8 .579
Marc Crawford[19] Canada 2019 18 7 10 1 .417
D. J. Smith Canada 2019–present 127 48 62 17 .378

General managers[change | change source]

Bryan Murray was the seventh and longest serving general manager in franchise history. He held the position from 2007 to 2016.
Nat Tenure
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 2007–2016
Pierre Dorion Canada 2016–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 and head coach (2001–2003) was inducted (as a Builder) on November 4, 2002, for his career in coaching.
  • Dominik Hasek – Senators' goaltender (2005–2006) was inducted in 2014 for his career as a goalie.
  • Marian Hossa – Senators' winger (1998–2004) was inducted in 2020 (ceremony held in 2021) for his career as a forward.[20]

Retired numbers[change | change source]

Ottawa Senators retired numbers
No. Player Position Career Date of retirement
4 Chris Phillips D 1997–2015 February 18, 2020
8 Frank Finnigan RW 1923–1931
1932–1934
October 8, 19921
11 Daniel Alfredsson RW 1995–2013 December 29, 2016[21]
  • 1 Finnigan was honoured for his play from 1923 through 1934 for the original Ottawa Senators (as a right wing, 1923–1931 and 1932–1934). He was the last surviving Senator from the Stanley Cup winners of 1927 and participated in the 'Bring Back the Senators' campaign.
  • The NHL retired Wayne Gretzky's No. 99 for all its member teams at the 2000 NHL All-Star Game.[22]

Ring of Honour[change | change source]

  • Bryan Murray – Senators' head coach (2005–2008) and general manager (2007–2016).[23]

Team record[change | change source]

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

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

Season GP W L OTL Pts GF GA Finish Playoffs
2016–17 82 44 28 10 98 212 214 2nd, Atlantic Lost in Conference Finals, 3–4 (Penguins)
2017–18 82 28 43 11 67 221 291 7th, Atlantic Did not qualify
2018–19 82 29 47 6 64 242 302 8th, Atlantic Did not qualify
2019–20 71 25 34 12 62 191 243 7th, Atlantic Did not qualify
2020–21 56 23 28 5 51 157 190 6th, North Did not qualify

Team scoring leaders[change | change source]

These are the top-ten regular season point-scorers in franchise history. Figures are updated after each completed NHL regular season.[24]

  •  *  – current Senators player

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

Recording 687 points playing with the Senators, Jason Spezza is the franchise's second highest all-time points leader.

Source: Ottawa Senators Media Guide[25][26]

NHL awards and trophies[change | change source]

Team records[change | change source]

Dany Heatley holds the franchise record for most goals in a season, scoring 50 goals in the 2005–06 and 2006–07 seasons.
Franchise record Name of player Statistic Year(s)
Most goals in a season Dany Heatley 50 2005–06
2006–07
Most goals in a season, defenceman Erik Karlsson 21 2014–15
Most assists in a season Jason Spezza 71 2005–06
Most assists in a season, defenceman Erik Karlsson 66 2015–16
Most points in a season Dany Heatley 105 2006–07
Most points in a season, defenceman Erik Karlsson 82 2015–16
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 games played Chris Phillips 1,179 (milestone, up to 2014–15 season)
Most playoff games played Daniel Alfredsson 121 1997–2013
Most goaltender wins in a season Patrick Lalime 39 2002–2003
Most shutouts in a season Patrick Lalime 8 2002–03
Lowest GAA in a season Craig Anderson 1.69 2012–13
Best save percentage in a season Craig Anderson .941 2012–13

Source: Ottawa Senators.[43]

References[change | change source]

  1. Sens Communications (September 18, 2020). "Ottawa Senators Introduce New Primary Logo". OttawaSenators.com. NHL Enterprises, L.P. Retrieved September 19, 2020.
  2. "Senators bringing back old logo for new uniforms". NHL.com. NHL Enterprises, L.P. September 18, 2020. Retrieved October 6, 2020.
  3. NHL counts 11. Hockey Hall of Fame count is 10.
  4. Finnigan, p. 201
  5. "#14 Ottawa Senators". Forbes. November 8, 2007. Retrieved January 22, 2008.
  6. "Ottawa Senators on the Forbes NHL Valuation List". Forbes. November 30, 2011. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  7. "NHL Attendance Report". ESPN. Retrieved March 26, 2010.
  8. "Rick Bowness Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved January 31, 2009.
  9. "Dave Allison Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved January 31, 2009.
  10. "Jacques Martin Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved January 31, 2009.
  11. "Roger Neilson Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved January 31, 2009.
  12. "Bryan Murray Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved January 31, 2009.
  13. "John Paddock Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved January 31, 2009.
  14. "Craig Hartsburg Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved January 31, 2009.
  15. "Cory Clouston Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved April 20, 2009.
  16. "Paul MacLean Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved May 10, 2013.
  17. "Dave Cameron Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved April 14, 2016.
  18. "Guy Boucher Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved March 7, 2019.
  19. "Marc Crawford Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  20. "Former Senator Hossa inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame". nhl.com. November 15, 2021. Retrieved November 19, 2021.
  21. Pritchard, Trevor (December 29, 2016). "Ottawa Senators retire Daniel Alfredsson's No. 11". CBC News. Retrieved December 30, 2016.
  22. "Perfect setting: Gretzky's number retired before All-Star Game". CNN Sports Illustrated. Associated Press. February 6, 2000. Archived from the original on November 12, 2013. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
  23. Garrison, Bruce (2017-01-24). "Bryan Murray the right selection as the first member of the Senators' Ring of Honour". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 2017-09-09.
  24. "Regular Season – All Skaters – Career for Franchise – Career Points – NHL.com – Stats". National Hockey League. Retrieved March 30, 2013.
  25. Ottawa Senators staff (2015). 2015–16 Senators Media Guide (PDF). Ottawa Senators. p. 204. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 26, 2015. Retrieved December 25, 2015.
  26. "Chris Phillips". hockeydb.com. Retrieved May 3, 2012.
  27. "Prince of Wales Trophy". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on April 23, 2006. Retrieved January 2, 2008.
  28. "Presidents' Trophy". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on October 13, 2009. Retrieved January 2, 2008.
  29. "Calder Memorial Trophy". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on April 23, 2006. Retrieved January 2, 2008.
  30. "NHL Plus Minus Award Winners". statshockey.homestead.com. Archived from the original on September 16, 2007. Retrieved January 2, 2008.
  31. "Jack Adams Award". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on July 6, 2008. Retrieved January 2, 2008.
  32. "Norris Memorial Trophy". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on May 11, 2008. Retrieved June 21, 2012.
  33. "King Clancy Memorial Trophy". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on July 23, 2008. Retrieved June 21, 2012.
  34. "Mark Messier Leadership Award". National Hockey League. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 "Notes for Daniel Alfredsson". National Hockey League. Retrieved January 2, 2008.
  36. "Career Stats for Sami Salo". National Hockey League. Retrieved January 2, 2008.
  37. "Career Stats for Marian Hossa". National Hockey League. Retrieved January 2, 2008.
  38. "Career Stats for Martin Havlat". National Hockey League. Retrieved January 2, 2008.
  39. "Career Stats for Andrej Meszaros". National Hockey League. Retrieved January 2, 2008.
  40. 40.0 40.1 "Career Stats for Dany Heatley". National Hockey League. Retrieved January 2, 2008.
  41. National Hockey League. "NHL announces 2011–12 All-Star teams". Press release. http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=635356. Retrieved June 23, 2012. 
  42. "Career Stats for Alexei Yashin". National Hockey League. Retrieved January 2, 2008.
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Notes
  1. NHL Media Guide 2010. The original Senators organization, also known as the Ottawa Hockey Club, won the Stanley Cup eleven times, not the current franchise founded in 1992. 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 1992.

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