Ottawa Senators

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Ottawa Senators
founding December 16, 1991
history Ottawa Senators
since 1992
Stadion Canadian Tire Center
Location Ottawa
Team colors Red, black, gold, white
league National Hockey League
Conference Eastern Conference
division Atlantic Division
Head coach CanadaCanada DJ Smith
Team captain vacant
General manager CanadaCanada Pierre Dorion
owner CanadaCanada Eugene Melnyk
Cooperations Belleville Senators ( AHL )
Brampton Beast ( ECHL )
Stanley Cups no
Conference title 2006/07
Division title 1998/99 , 2000/01 , 2002/03 ,

The Ottawa Senators ( IPA : [ˈɒɾəwɒː ˈsɛn.ə.tɚs] ; French Sénateurs d'Ottawa ) are a Canadian ice hockey franchise of the National Hockey League from Ottawa in the province of Ontario . It was founded on December 16, 1991 and began playing at the beginning of the 1992/93 season . Between 1893 and 1934 there was already a franchise of the same name , which was based in the NHL and won the Stanley Cup ten times . The team colors are red, black, gold and white. The logo shows a Roman centurion who, according to the team, should have a seat in the Roman Senate .

The Senators play their games at the Canadian Tire Center and are one of seven franchises based in Canada. After a difficult start in the NHL, which is considered to be the strongest ice hockey league in the world, the team from the Canadian capital experienced ups and downs in the course of the 1990s until it was able to establish itself among the best teams in the league at the beginning of the new millennium. Despite participating in the finals in the 2006/07 season , the newly founded Senators have so far been unable to win the prestigious Stanley Cup.


There was high-class ice hockey in Ottawa from 1893 to 1934, when the original Ottawa Senators celebrated great successes. A total of ten times they could win the Stanley Cup , four times as a member of the NHL . With the onset of the global economic crisis in 1929, difficult times also began for the ice hockey teams. The Senators had to part with their stars for financial reasons and found themselves in the lower regions of the table. In addition, the revenue fell significantly due to the onset of audience decline and you even had to skip an entire season. In 1934 the franchise was forced to relocate to St. Louis , Missouri , in order to keep the team. But after only one season in St. Louis, the franchise had to be dissolved.

Ice hockey returns to Ottawa (1989-1995)

As early as 1989, entrepreneur Bruce Firestone began to bring high-quality ice hockey back to Ottawa. He was supported in public by Frank Finnigan , then the last living member of the original Senators, who were able to bring the Stanley Cup to Ottawa for the last time in 1928 . On December 16, 1991 Firestone was awarded an NHL franchise. Finnigan died just nine days later at the age of 88. In his honor, the new Ottawa Senators blocked the number 8 that Finnigan had worn as an active player.

On October 8, 1992, the franchise's first season began with a win against the Montreal Canadiens . But the rest of the season turned out to be less positive. The team did not have a real star in its ranks and was mainly composed of players selected by the management of General Manager Mel Bridgman in the 1992 NHL Expansion Draft , such as Sylvain Turgeon or Jamie Baker . At the end of the season, the Senators finished last with ten wins versus 70 losses.

In addition to the poor performance of the team, there were also financial problems. A new arena was to be built for the Senators, as the Ottawa Civic Center had a small capacity with 10,500 seats. But team owner Firestone should bear all costs for the new stadium as well as for the transport connections, without financial support from the public sector. Firestone left the franchise in August 1993 and Rod Bryden became the Senators' new owner. After a year, Bryden had enough money to finance the $ 188 million multi-purpose arena. However, the choice of the construction site in the Kanata region met with criticism because it was outside the metropolitan area of ​​Ottawa and the transport links were poor. In the years that followed, the Senators had freeway connections and a bridge built with their own money. The arena then drove the development of the Kanata region into an economically strong, but also well-inhabited area.

The sporting success was still a long time coming after the premiere year in the NHL. After all, the team was strengthened for the 1993/94 season by the highly rated talents Alexei Jashin and Alexandre Daigle , who were committed in the NHL Entry Draft in 1992 and 1993 . Yashin was able to convince immediately, but the Senators again took the last place in the league, which they should hold in the following years.

The upswing begins (1996 to 2000)

The new home of the Senators: The Palladium, today as Canadian Tire Center announced

In January 1996, the team should start to recover. On the one hand, Jacques Martin was hired as head coach, on the other hand, the Senators moved into the Palladium , the new multifunctional arena in the suburb of Kanata. Although the team continued to play weak throughout the season and was again last, but with Daniel Alfredsson , whom they had signed in the NHL Entry Draft in 1994 , the first player of the Ottawa Senators won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the best new professional in the NHL. The highly valued talent Alexandre Daigle, however, turned out to be more and more disappointing due to only average performances and had to leave the team in 1998.

In 1997 the Senators were able to break away from last place for the first time and reached the playoffs . In the first round, however, they had to admit defeat to the Buffalo Sabers in seven games in a highly competitive series . In 1998 they were able to win a playoff series against the New Jersey Devils for the first time, but in the second round they had no chance against the Washington Capitals , which later reached the Stanley Cup final. Especially in goal, the team with Damian Rhodes and Ron Tugnutt had improved significantly, who were an important support for the team.

In the following years the Senators could always reach the playoffs. With Marián Hossa , another talented striker joined the team in autumn 1998 and they finished second in the Eastern Conference behind the New Jersey Devils at the end of the regular season . But in the playoffs they were eliminated in the first round against the Buffalo Sabers without having won a win.

After the season, attention focused on a scandal next to the ice. Team captain Alexei Yashin did not want to fulfill his one-year contract with the Senators and demanded that he be transferred to another team. The management did not follow his request and Yashin decided to go on strike for the entire 1999/2000 season in order to switch to another team in the summer of 2000. But the NHL decided that Yashin had to play for the Senators until 2001 because he had breached his contract through his strike and thus had not completed his entire contract term. Yashin had already gambled away his popularity with the fans in previous years when he refused to play the 1995/96 season because he earned less than his then team-mate Alexandre Daigle.

In the 2000 playoffs, the Ottawa Senators encountered the Toronto Maple Leafs and were eliminated in the first round. In the next four years they would face the Maple Leafs three more times in the playoffs and lose each time. In addition, both teams come from the Canadian province of Ontario , which is why a rivalry between the two teams arose.

Successes and financial problems (2001 to 2004)

2000/01 was Alexei Yashin's last season with the Senators and he presented himself again in good form, which he could no longer call up in the playoffs. Marián Hossa established himself as an important support in attack, in defense Wade Redden became a fixture and in goal Patrick Lalime showed very good performances. Daniel Alfredsson led the team as the team captain. There were also many young players like Chris Phillips , Martin Havlát and Mike Fisher . After Jaschin's departure, the team was reinforced by Zdeno Chára . The Senators 2001/02 did not get beyond the second round of the playoffs .

The 2002/03 season was marked by ups and downs. On January 9, 2003, the franchise had to file for bankruptcy, but was able to continue playing with financial help from the NHL. Despite the financial worries, the team played their best season and finished first in the league at the end of the regular season and thus won the Presidents' Trophy . In the playoffs they were able to continue their successful game and only failed in the final of the Eastern Conference to the New Jersey Devils, who won the Stanley Cup.

In September 2003, the entrepreneur Eugene Melnyk bought the Ottawa Senators, so that they could again look to a financially secure future.

The Senators had a solid 2003/04 season and qualified for the playoffs without major problems. On March 5, 2004 there was a sensational game against the Philadelphia Flyers . In the last two minutes of the game alone, there were five mass brawls and it took 90 minutes to finish these two minutes. In the end, a total of 419 penalty minutes were awarded and both teams only had six and seven players on the bench, respectively. After the Senators had made it to the final of the Eastern Conference in the preseason, this time they were eliminated in the first round against their arch-rivals, the Toronto Maple Leafs.

A new era (since 2004)

The departure had personal consequences and head coach Jacques Martin, who had built the Senators into a competitive team over almost nine years but only won four of twelve playoff series, was sacked and goalkeeper Patrick Lalime was transferred to the St. Louis Blues . Bryan Murray was hired on June 8, 2004 as the new head coach of the Ottawa Senators. The 2004/05 season was canceled due to the lockout and in late summer 2005 the team was put together for the new season. Marián Hossa, who had now established himself among the best strikers in the league, was transferred to the Atlanta Thrashers , who in return gave Dany Heatley to Ottawa. Heatley had asked for this transfer because two years earlier a teammate and friend, Dan Snyder , had died in a car accident that he was responsible for and he now wanted to distance himself. As a new goalkeeper, they signed Dominik Hašek, a very experienced goalkeeper.

In the first game of the 2005/06 season on October 5, 2005, the team made a premiere when they defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs in the newly introduced shootout . Team captains Alfredsson and Heatley scored to win the Senators, and both players' sticks that they had used in the shootout received a place in the Hockey Hall of Fame . Dany Heatley provided another highlight when, on April 13, 2006, he became the first player in the franchise to hit the 100 point mark. By the end of the season, both he and Daniel Alfredsson had scored 103 points. Jason Spezza was also able to shine with 90 points, which management was able to commit in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft . The season was less positive for goalkeeper Dominik Hašek. In February 2006 he injured himself at the Olympic ice hockey tournament and was out for the rest of the season. Substitute goalkeeper Ray Emery took his place and helped the team win the first round of the playoffs against defending champions Tampa Bay Lightning . In the second round, however, they failed because of the Buffalo Sabers.

2006/07 season

Team captain Daniel Alfredsson was the top scorer in the 2007 playoffs

In the summer of 2006, the Senators signed Martin Gerber , who was planned as the new goalkeeper because Dominik Hašek did not receive a new contract, and Tom Preissing, a defender whose strength is the majority game. With Joe Corvo they also got a defensively oriented attacker. However, some important pillars of the past few years also left the team. Zdeno Chára moved to the Boston Bruins , while Martin Havlát was transferred to the Chicago Blackhawks .

The team played a very good 2006/07 season and finished fourth in the east of the league at the end of the regular season. Dany Heatley had his best season to date, scoring 50 goals and 55 assists . He was followed by his strike partners Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson with 87 points each. In the course of the regular round, the Senators were plagued by injury concerns, especially in the attack. In the meantime, they had to sign another center , Mike Comrie , as three players, Antoine Vermette , Spezza and Fisher, were canceled for this position for a long time. In goal, Ray Emery was able to prevail as number one against Martin Gerber.

In the first round of the playoffs, the Senators faced the Pittsburgh Penguins around young star Sidney Crosby . The Senators did not have any major problems with the still very inexperienced team and moved into the second round after five games. There they competed against the New Jersey Devils and won the series 4-1. It was mainly the first series of attacks around Spezza, Alfredsson and Heatley that led the team into the Eastern Conference final. In the conference final, the Buffalo Sabers was the best team of the regular season of the opponents. The Senators prevailed in the series with 4-1 victories and moved into the Stanley Cup final for the first time. In the final series of the Stanley Cup, the Senators met the Anaheim Ducks . Since the line of attack around Spezza, Alfredsson and Heatley was almost completely eliminated, Anaheim won the series in five games and thus prevented the Senators from returning to the Stanley Cup in Ottawa for the first time since the last final victory of the "original" Ottawa Senators 80 years ago could bring.

Despite the success, team owner Melnyk fired general manager John Muckler . Head coach Bryan Murray took over Muckler's post, but at the same time resigned from the coaching office. Successor on the coaching post was Murrays previous assistant coach John Paddock .

2007/08 season

The Senators had the best start to the season of any team with 13 wins from the first 14 games and were able to build on the performance of the previous year. In the Eastern Conference they held the top position and expanded it, but they experienced a period of weakness in January, which continued in February and they had to give up first place in the conference. With the commitments of Mike Commodore and Cory Stillman , the management tried to offer more stability to the team. Instead, the Senators continued to lose ground and in late February head coach John Paddock was dismissed as coach after the team had suffered 14 losses in 21 games and Bryan Murray returned to that post. In the remaining one and a half months of the season, however, the team showed no improvement and they finished seventh in the east, which they could secure a playoff place with only two points ahead. In the first round, as in the previous year, they faced the Pittsburgh Penguins. After Ottawa made it to the Stanley Cup final last season, they have now failed because of the Penguins in four games in which they could only score five goals.

Since 2008

In the following nine years, the playoffs were reached five times, but they were eliminated without a title win; The team advanced the furthest in the 2017 playoffs , when it only failed in the Conference final in seven games at Pittsburgh. After this comparatively successful season, a deep fall followed in the 2017/18 season, when the Senators were penultimate in the entire league with only 67 points. The result was a currently taking place massive rebuilding or reconstruction (rebuild) of the team, which is characterized in particular by the release of virtually all service providers, including captain Erik Karlsson , Mike Hoffman , Mark Stone and the only a short time previously pledged Matt Duchene . The main criticism is the owner Eugene Melnyk, who tries to operate the team extremely sparingly, so that both contract negotiations with major players and the construction of a new venue have (so far) failed.


The Canadian Tire Center, the current venue
The Ottawa Civic Center, home to the Senators until 1995

The Senators have played their home games at the Canadian Tire Center , an 18,630-seat multi-purpose arena , since 1996 . It is located in Kanata , a suburb of Ottawa. The hall was planned and opened under the name The Palladium . Shortly after the opening, the software company Corel secured the naming rights and renamed the hall the Corel Center . From 2006 to 2013, the naming rights to the arena were held by Scotiabank , which were originally supposed to continue until 2021. The company was to pay $ 20 million for the entire 15 year period. In 2013 the name was changed again.

From 1992 to 1996, the club played in the Ottawa Civic Center , which opened in 1967 and had a capacity of 9,862 places for ice hockey events. For the Senators, the seating was renewed and the space per seat was reduced to achieve a capacity of 10,585. After the senators moved out, this was dismantled. The Civic Center is located just outside of downtown Ottawa . Since they needed not only an ice rink in Ottawa, but also a football stadium at the time of construction, the construction projects were merged. The hall was integrated into a grandstand of the stadium. The Ottawa 67’s junior team has also been based there since it was founded . When professional hockey returned to Ottawa with the World Hockey Association in the early 1970s , the Ottawa Nationals and later the Ottawa Civics also played there .

Farm teams

season Farm team league
1992/93 New Haven Senators AHL
1993 / 94-1995 / 96 Prince Edward Island Senators AHL
1994 / 95-1995 / 96 Thunder Bay Senators CoHL
1996/97 Raleigh IceCaps ECHL
1996 / 97-1997 / 98 Worcester Ice Cats AHL
1997 / 98-1998 / 99 Detroit Vipers IHL
1999 / 00–2001 / 02 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL
2001/02 Mobile mysticks IHL
season Farm team league
2002 / 03–2016 / 17 Binghamton Senators AHL
2005 / 06–2006 / 07 Charlotte Checkers ECHL
2008 / 09–2014 / 15 Elmira Jackals ECHL
2015/16 Evansville IceMen ECHL
2016/17 Wichita Thunder ECHL
since 2017/18 Belleville Senators AHL
since 2018/19 Brampton Beast ECHL

Like all NHL teams, the Ottawa Senators maintain several farm teams in sub-leagues . The Senators have had the most important and best talent factory since the beginning of the 2017/18 season in Belleville in the Canadian province of Ontario , where the Belleville Senators play in the American Hockey League . Previously, the franchise was known as the Binghamton Senators from 2002 to 2017 . The American Hockey League is declared as a minor league of class AAA and thus the highest possible level below the NHL.


Logo and jersey design

The O logo

The current logo was introduced in 2007, together with the new Reebok jerseys. It is largely the same as the previous secondary logo used on the shirt sleeve as well as the third shirt. The drawing of the face has been abstracted a little more . Since then, the old Senators' O logo has also been used as a secondary logo.

The home shirt is red with black and white inserts on the sleeves and has the primary logo on the chest and the O logo on both shoulders. The classic V-collar is black. The design of the away jersey is the same as the home jersey, but has the main color white with black and red as the accent colors.

The third jersey (the so-called Heritage jersey) was introduced in 2011 and its design is based on that of the original Senators. The basic color black is interrupted by a red and white stripe over the chest and sleeve. This is a broken white tone . The heritage jersey has the O logo on the chest and a shield-like logo on the shoulders. On the coat of arms, the team name is on the right in English and on the left in French to reflect the bilingualism of the fan base. This jersey has a lace-up collar .

For the NHL Heritage Classic 2014 , a variant of the Heritage jersey with a white base color was worn.

Achievements and honors

Sporting successes

The banner on the ceiling of the Canadian Tire Center for winning the Presidents' Trophy
Presidents' Trophies
Conference Championships season
Prince of Wales Trophy 2006/07
Division Championships season
Northeast Division 1998/99 , 2000/01 , 2002/03 ,

The Ottawa Senators celebrated their first major success in the 2002/03 season with first place after the end of the regular season and the associated win of the Presidents' Trophy . With 52 wins in 82 games of the season, the Senators led the league and occupied the top position two points ahead of the Dallas Stars .

In the 2006/07 season they added another success. After sovereign victories over the Pittsburgh Penguins , New Jersey Devils and Buffalo Sabers in the first three rounds of the playoffs , the Senators received the Prince of Wales Trophy as the best team in the Eastern Conference . Thus they stood for the first time in the final of the Stanley Cup , where they met the representative of the Western Conference , the Anaheim Ducks . In the final series, however, Ottawa had to admit defeat.

In addition, the Senators have won four division titles since the 1998/99 season .

NHL Awards and All-Star Team Nominations

Since the franchise was founded , seven Ottawa Senators players or coaches have won one of the individual NHL awards . In addition, six players made it into one of the all-star teams and five more into the all-rookie team .

NHL All-Star Game Nominations

year Surname
1993 Brad Marsh *
Peter Sidorkiewicz
1994 Alexei Yashin
1996 Daniel Alfredsson
1997 Daniel Alfredsson
1998 Daniel Alfredsson
Igor Kravchuk
1999 Ron Tugnutt
2000 Radek Bonk
2001 Radek Bonk
Marián Hossa
Jacques Martin ***
2002 Wade Redden
Karel Rachůnek **
Mike Fisher **
Martin Havlát **
2003 Patrick Lalime
Zdeno Chára
Marián Hossa
Anton Woltschenkow **
Jacques Martin ***
2004 Daniel Alfredsson
Wade Redden *
Marián Hossa *
year Surname
2007 Dany Heatley
Andrej Meszároš **
Patrick Eaves **
2008 Daniel Alfredsson
Jason Spezza
Dany Heatley *
John Paddock ***
2009 Dany Heatley
2011 Erik Karlsson
2012 Daniel Alfredsson
Erik Karlsson
Milan Michálek
Jason Spezza
2015 Bobby Ryan
Mike Hoffman ****
2016 Erik Karlsson
2017 Erik Karlsson
2018 Erik Karlsson
2019 Thomas Chabot
2020 Anthony Duclair
Brady Tkachuk

* Cancellation due to injury
** Participation in the YoungStars Game
*** Participation as a trainer
**** Participation in the Skills Competition

So far, a total of 33 Ottawa Senators players have been voted into the All-Star Game by fans because of their popularity or have been nominated by the coaches because of their performance.

Season statistics

Abbreviations: GP = games, W = wins, L = defeats, T = draws, OTL = defeats after overtime or shootout , Pts = points, GF = goals scored, GA = goals conceded

season GP W. L. T OTL Pts GF GA space Playoffs
1992/93 84 10 70 4th - 27 202 395 6th, Adams not qualified
1993/94 84 14th 61 9 - 37 201 397 7th, Northeast not qualified
1994/95 1 48 9 34 5 - 23 117 174 7th, Northeast not qualified
1995/96 82 18th 59 5 - 41 191 291 6th, Northeast not qualified
1996/97 82 31 36 15th - 77 226 234 3rd, Northeast Conference quarterfinals lost, 3-4 ( Buffalo )
1997/98 82 34 33 15th - 83 193 200 5th, Northeast Conference quarter-finals win, 2-2 ( New Jersey )
Conference semi-finals defeat, 4-1 ( Washington )
1998/99 82 44 23 15th - 103 239 179 1st, Northeast Conference quarterfinals lost, 4-0 ( Buffalo )
1999/00 82 41 28 11 2 95 244 210 2nd, Northeast Conference quarter-finals lost, 2-4 ( Toronto )
2000/01 82 48 21st 9 4th 109 274 205 1st, Northeast Conference quarterfinals lost, 4-0 ( Toronto )
2001/02 82 39 27 9 7th 94 243 208 3rd, Northeast Conference quarter-finals win, 4-1 ( Philadelphia )
Conference semi-finals defeat, 4-1 ( Toronto )
2002/03 82 52 21st 8th 1 113 263 182 1st, Northeast Conference quarter-finals win, 4-1 ( NY Islanders )
Conference semi-finals win, Conference finals 4-2 ( Philadelphia )
Conference finals lost, 4-1 ( New Jersey )
2003/04 82 43 23 10 6th 102 262 189 3rd, Northeast Conference quarter-finals lost, 3-4 ( Toronto )
2004/05 2 - - - - - - - - - -
2005/06 82 52 21st - 9 113 314 211 1st, Northeast Conference quarterfinals win, 4-1 ( Tampa Bay )
Conference semi-finals defeat, 4-1 ( Buffalo )
2006/07 82 48 25th - 9 105 288 221 2nd, Northeast Conference quarter-finals win, 4-1 ( Pittsburgh )
conference semi-finals, 4-1 ( New Jersey )
conference finals, 4-1 ( Buffalo )
defeat in Stanley Cup finals, 4-1 ( Anaheim )
2007/08 82 43 31 - 8th 94 261 247 2nd, Northeast Conference quarterfinals lost, 4-0 ( Pittsburgh )
2008/09 82 36 35 - 11 83 217 237 4th, Northeast not qualified
2009/10 82 44 32 - 6th 94 225 238 2nd, Northeast Conference quarterfinals lost, 2-4 ( Pittsburgh )
2010/11 82 32 40 - 10 74 192 250 5th, Northeast not qualified
2011/12 82 41 31 - 10 92 249 240 2nd, Northeast Conference quarterfinals lost, 3-4 ( New York )
2012/13 3 48 25th 17th - 6th 56 116 104 4th, Northeast Conference quarter-finals win, 4-1 ( Montréal )
Conference semi-finals defeat, 4-1 ( Pittsburgh )
2013/14 82 37 31 - 14th 88 236 265 5th, Atlantic not qualified
2014/15 82 43 26th - 13 99 238 215 4th, Atlantic Conference quarterfinals lost, 2-4 ( Montréal )
2015/16 82 38 35 - 9 85 236 247 5th, Atlantic not qualified
2016/17 82 44 28 - 10 98 206 210 2nd, Atlantic Conference quarter-finals win, 4-2 ( Boston )
Conference semi-finals win, Conference-finals 4-2 ( NY Rangers )
Conference final defeat, 4-2 ( Pittsburgh )
2017/18 82 28 43 - 11 67 219 284 7th, Atlantic not qualified
2018/19 82 29 47 - 16 64 242 301 8th, Atlantic not qualified
2019/20 4 71 25th 34 - 12 62 190 238 7th, Atlantic not qualified
total 2139 948 912 115 174 2175 6084 6372 16 playoff appearances,
27 series: 11 wins, 16 losses
151 games: 72 wins, 79 losses
1 season shortened due to the NHL lockout in 1994/95
2 season because of the NHL lockout 2004/05 failed
3 season shortened due to the 2012/13 NHL lockout
4 season shortened due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Franchise records

Selected player records of the franchise over the entire career as well as over individual seasons are listed below.


Surname number
Most games Chris Phillips 1,179 (in 17 seasons)
Most consecutive games Alexei Yashin 292 (December 31, 1995 to April 17, 1999)
Most goals Daniel Alfredsson 426
Most templates Daniel Alfredsson 682
Most of the points Daniel Alfredsson 1,108 (426 goals + 682 assists)
Most penalty minutes Chris Neil 2,522
Most shutouts Patrick Lalime 30th


Surname number season
Most goals Dany Heatley 50 2005/06
Most templates Jason Spezza 71 2005/06
Most of the points Dany Heatley 105 (50 goals + 55 assists) 2006/07
Most points as a rookie Alexei Yashin 79 (30 goals + 49 assists) 1993/94
Most points as a defender Erik Karlsson 82 (16 goals + 66 assists) 2015/16
Most penalty minutes Mike Peluso 318 1992/93
Most wins as a goalkeeper Patrick Lalime 39 2002/03


Abbreviations: GC = games, W = wins, L = defeats, T = draws, OTL = defeats after
overtime , Pts = points, Pts% = points quota

Surname season Regular season Playoffs
GC W. L. T OTL Pts Pts% GC W. L.
Rick Bowness 1992 / 93–1995 / 96 * 235 39 178 18th - 96 .204 - - -
Dave Allison 1995/96 * 25th 2 22nd 1 - 5 .100 - - -
Jacques Martin 1995/96 * - 2003/04 692 341 235 96 20th 798 .577 69 31 38
Roger Neilson ** 2001/02 2 1 1 0 0 2 .500 - - -
Bryan Murray 2004 / 05–2006 / 07 164 100 46 - 18th 218 .665 30th 18th 12
John Paddock 2007/08 * 64 36 22nd - 6th 78 .609 - - -
Bryan Murray 2007/08 * 18th 7th 9 - 2 16 .444 30th 18th 12
Craig Hartsburg 2008/09 * 48 17th 24 - 7th 41 .427 - - -
Cory Clouston 2008/09 * –2010 / 11 198 95 83 - 20th 210 .530 6th 2 4th
Paul MacLean 2011 / 12–2014 / 15 * 239 114 90 - 35 263 .550 17th 8th 9
Dave Cameron 2014/15 * –2015 / 16 137 70 50 - 17th 157 .573 6th 2 4th
Guy Boucher 2016 / 17–2018 / 19 * 228 94 108 - 26th 214 .469 19th 11 8th
Marc Crawford 2018/19 * 18th 7th 10 - 1 15th .417 - - -
DJ Smith since 2019/20 71 25th 34 - 12 62 .437 - - -

* Change during the season
** Jacques Martin left the cancer patient Roger Neilson as coach for two games

General manager

Surname season
Mel Bridgman 1992/93
Randy Sexton 1993 / 94–1995 / 96 *
Pierre Gauthier 1995/96 * -1997 / 98
Rick Dudley 1998/99
Marshall Johnston 1999 / 00–2001 / 02
John Muckler 2002 / 03–2006 / 07 *
Bryan Murray 2006/07 * –2015 / 16
Pierre Dorion since 2016/17

* Change during the current season


Squad for the 2019/20 season

Status: end of the 2019/20 season

No. Nat. player Item Date of birth in org. since place of birth
41 United StatesUnited States Craig Anderson G May 21, 1981 2011 Park Ridge , Illinois , USA
31 SwedenSweden Unlike Nilsson G March 19, 1990 2016 Luleå , Sweden
74 CanadaCanada Mark BorowieckiA. D. July 12, 1989 2011 Kanata , Ontario , Canada
26th SwedenSweden Erik Brännström D. 0September 2, 1999 2019 Eksjö , Sweden
72 CanadaCanada Thomas Chabot D. January 30, 1997 2015 Sainte-Marie , Quebec , Canada
81 United StatesUnited States Ron HainseyA. D. March 24, 1981 2019 Bolton , Connecticut , USA
5 United StatesUnited States Mike Reilly D. July 13, 1993 2020 Chicago , Illinois , USA
22nd RussiaRussia Nikita Saizew D. October 29, 1991 2019 Moscow , Russian SFSR
51 RussiaRussia Artyom Anissimov C. May 24, 1988 2019 Yaroslavl , Russian SFSR
89 DenmarkDenmark Mikkel Bødker RW December 16, 1989 2018 Brøndby , Denmark
28 CanadaCanada Connor Brown RW January 14, 1994 2019 Etobicoke , Ontario , Canada
21st United StatesUnited States CanadaCanada Logan Brown C. 0March 5, 1998 2016 Raleigh , North Carolina , USA
10 CanadaCanada Anthony Duclair LW August 26, 1995 2019 Montreal , Quebec , Canada
79 CanadaCanada Jayce Hawryluk C. 0January 1, 1996 2020 Yorkton , Saskatchewan , Canada
13 CanadaCanada Nick Paul LW March 20, 1995 2014 Mississauga , Ontario , Canada
53 CanadaCanada Matthew Peca C. April 27, 1993 2020 Petawawa , Ontario , Canada
9 United StatesUnited States Bobby Ryan RW March 17, 1987 2013 Cherry Hill , New Jersey , USA
71 CanadaCanada Chris Tierney C. 0July 1, 1994 2018 Keswick , Ontario , Canada
7th United StatesUnited States Brady Tkachuk LW September 16, 1999 2018 St. Louis , Missouri , Canada
36 United StatesUnited States Colin White C. 0July 1, 1994 2017 Boston , Massachusetts , USA

Team captains

year Surname
1992-1993 Laurie Boschman
1993-1994 Brad Shaw
Mark Lamb
Gord Dineen
1994-1998 Randy Cunneyworth
1998-1999 Alexei Yashin
1999-2013 Daniel Alfredsson
2013-2014 Jason Spezza
2014-2018 Erik Karlsson

In the history of the Ottawa Senators, there have been eight different players who have held the position of team captain.

The Senators went into their inaugural season with the rather unknown but very experienced Laurie Boschman . Boschman had been selected by the Sens in the 1992 NHL Expansion Draft from the New Jersey Devils squad and could at that time look back on 13 NHL seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs , Edmonton Oilers , Winnipeg Jets and New Jersey Devils. Since he ended his career after the 1992/93 season, Brad Shaw , Mark Lamb and Gord Dineen shared the captaincy in the following year . After just one year, Randy Cunneyworth took over the "C" in 1994 and wore it on his jersey for four years until 1998. He had come from the Chicago Blackhawks in the summer of 1994 and was one of the most experienced players in the squad. His term of office ended with a move to the Buffalo Sabers in the summer of 1998, whereby the Russian Alexei Yashin took over his post for a year. Yashin was the team's first draft pick in 1992 and has been part of the roster ever since. Since Jashin took a personal break in the 1999/00 season , the office went to the Swede Daniel Alfredsson , who stayed in office for longer than any other player.

Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame

As the only member of the Ottawa Senators was Roger Neilson on November 4, 2002 in Toronto located Fame Hockey Hall of added. Neilson worked as an assistant and head coach in the Canadian capital between 2001 and 2003.

Surname Recording date position
Roger Neilson November 4, 2002 Trainer

Blocked jersey numbers

Before the Ottawa Senators' first game on October 8, 1992, Frank Finnigan was honored posthumously. Finnigan was the last living member of the Stanley Cup team of the "original" Ottawa Senators from 1927 and had supported the bid for a bid for a new NHL franchise for Ottawa. His number 8 hangs on the ceiling of the Canadian Tire Center and is no longer given to any Senator player. On December 29, 2016, number 11 was blocked by Daniel Alfredsson . Chris Phillips' number 4 followed on February 18, 2020 .

In addition, the famous 99 of the Canadian Wayne Gretzky has been banned throughout the league since February 6, 2000.

No. Surname Blocking date
8th Frank Finnigan October 8, 1992
11 Daniel Alfredsson December 29, 2016
4th Chris Phillips February 18, 2020
99 Wayne Gretzky February 6, 2000 (league-wide)

Top 10 voting rights in the NHL Entry Draft

The first player the Ottawa Senators signed in their history in the NHL Entry Draft was Russian Alexei Yashin . Yashin developed into an important pillar of the team in the following years, but was repeatedly noticed negatively when he asked for more and more money and therefore even went on strike twice. Alexandre Daigle was selected first overall in 1993, but never lived up to expectations and went down as one of the biggest draft flops in history. Bryan Berard was also drafted first in 1995, but did not play a single game for Ottawa, as he was transferred to the New York Islanders before the start of his NHL career . The 1996 draft year is one of the weakest in the history of the NHL Entry Draft and so Chris Phillips , who was elected by Ottawa at position 1, never developed into a real star, but was still able to establish himself as an integral part of Ottawa's defense. Jason Spezza , selected second in 2001, was arguably the Senators' best pick to date. Spezza developed into a very good playmaker despite his young age and is currently one of the best centers in the NHL. Brian Lee , who was drafted in ninth position in 2005, has only been used sporadically in the NHL.

But not only the top 10 draft picks caused a stir, but also later drawn players like Daniel Alfredsson and Marián Hossa . You are one of the top players in the NHL today.

Franchise top point collector

The ten best point collectors in the history of the franchise by the end of the 2019/20 regular season and the 2020 playoffs .

Abbreviations: Pos = position, GP = games, G = goals, A = assists, Pts = points, P / G = points per game

Regular season

Surname Item season GP G A. Pts P / G
Daniel Alfredsson RW 1995 / 96–2012 / 13 1178 426 682 1108 0.94
Jason Spezza C. 2002 / 03–2013 / 14 686 251 436 687 1.00
Erik Karlsson D. 2009 / 10–2017 / 18 627 126 392 518 0.83
Alexei Yashin C. 1993 / 94-2000 / 01 504 218 273 491 0.97
Wade Redden D. 1996 / 97-2007 / 08 838 101 309 410 0.49
Radek Bonk C. 1994 / 95-2003 / 04 689 152 247 399 0.58
Marián Hossa RW 1997 / 98-2003 / 04 467 188 202 390 0.84
Dany Heatley LW 2005 / 06–2008 / 09 317 180 182 362 1.14
Mike Fisher C. 1999 / 00–2010 / 11 675 167 181 348 0.51
Mark Stone RW 2011 / 12–2018 / 19 366 123 188 311 0.85


Surname Item GP G A. Pts P / G
Daniel Alfredsson RW 121 51 49 100 0.83
Jason Spezza C. 56 17th 35 52 0.93
Wade Redden D. 94 12 33 45 0.48
Erik Karlsson D. 48 6th 31 37 0.77
Dany Heatley LW 34 10 25th 35 1.03
Martin Havlát LW 51 14th 20th 34 0.67
Marián Hossa RW 51 13 21st 34 0.67
Mike Fisher C. 75 14th 14th 28 0.37
Kyle Turris C. 42 12 12 24 0.57
Radek Bonk C. 61 9 15th 24 0.39

Web links

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Individual evidence

  1., NHL Arena Naming Rights ( Memento of November 7, 2010 in the Internet Archive )