Ottawa Senators

National Hockey League franchise from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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.

Ottawa Senators
Sénateurs d'Ottawa
2020–21 Ottawa Senators season
Conference Eastern
Division Atlantic
Founded 1992
History Ottawa Senators
1992–present
Home arena Canadian Tire Centre
City Ottawa, Ontario
Colours Red, black, gold, white[1]
       
Media English
TSN5
TSN 1200
French
RDS
RDS2
CJFO 94.5
Owner(s) Eugene Melnyk
General manager Pierre Dorion
Head coach D. J. Smith
Captain Vacant
Minor league affiliates Belleville Senators (AHL)
Brampton Beast (ECHL)
Stanley Cups 0[nb 1]
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 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[2] 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.[3] The current team owner is Eugene Melnyk,[4] and in 2011, the club was valued by Forbes Magazine at $201 million.[5]

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.[6]

Players and personnelEdit

General managersEdit

 
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   1991–1993
Randy Sexton   1993–1995
Pierre Gauthier   1995–1998
Rick Dudley   1998–1999
Marshall Johnston   1999–2002
John Muckler   2002–2007
Bryan Murray   2007–2016
Pierre Dorion   2016–present

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

Other personnelEdit

Honoured membersEdit

Honoured membersEdit

Hall of FamersEdit

  • 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.

Retired numbersEdit

Ottawa Senators retired numbers
No. Player Position Career Date of retirement
8 Frank Finnigan RW 1923–1931
1932–1934
October 8, 19921
11 Daniel Alfredsson RW 1995–2013 December 29, 2016[18]
  • 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.[19]

Ring of HonourEdit

  • Bryan Murray – Senators' head coach (2005–2008) and general manager (2007–2016).[20]

Retired numbersEdit

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 [21]
  • 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.

Team recordEdit

Season-by-season recordEdit

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
2015–16 82 38 35 9 85 236 247 5th, Atlantic Did not qualify
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 67 191 243 7th, Atlantic Did not qualify

Team scoring leadersEdit

These are the top-ten regular season point-scorers in franchise history after the 2018–19 season:

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.
Points
Player Pos GP G A Pts PPG
Daniel Alfredsson RW 1,178 426 682 1,108 0.94
Jason Spezza C 686 251 436 687 1.00
Erik Karlsson D 627 126 392 518 0.83
Alexei Yashin C 504 218 273 491 0.97
Wade Redden D 838 101 309 410 0.49
Radek Bonk C 689 152 247 399 0.58
Marian Hossa RW 467 188 202 390 0.84
Dany Heatley LW 317 180 182 362 1.14
Mike Fisher C 675 167 181 348 0.52
Mark Stone RW 366 123 188 311 0.85

Source: Ottawa Senators Media Guide[22][23]

NHL awards and trophiesEdit

Team recordsEdit

 
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.[40]

ReferencesEdit

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  2. NHL counts 11. Hockey Hall of Fame count is 10.
  3. Finnigan, p. 201
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NotesEdit

  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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