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Thanks for sticking with us during the off-season! WE MADE IT! 

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1 day until Ottawa Senators regular season! (CAN YOU BELIEVE IT??)

Ray Emery wore #1 for the Ottawa Senators during his time with the team! Drafted 99th overall by the Senators in 2001, Emery started his NHL career in 2005. He made quite the impression, setting a record for most wins to start a career, winning his first 9 games. Emery became the starting goaltender that season after Dominik Hasek was injured during the Olympics. The next season, Emery was pushed back down to backup in place of Martin Gerber but by mid-November Emery had won the position back. After serving a 3 game suspension in February, Emery was involved in a line-brawl between the Senators and the Sabres. Emery fought goaltender Martin Biron and was then grabbed by Sabres enforcer Andrew Peters. Emery battled hard but it was a bit of an unfair fight, with Emery being in full goaltending equipment. A few days after the game, Emery said he couldn’t fight anymore because his mom was too mad at him. Emery lead the team to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2007 but the following seasons were plagued with injury and behavioural issues. Emery ultimately signed with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2009. That December, however, Emery was placed on injured reserve for what was thought to be a torn abdominal muscle. It turned out to be a very serious disease called avascular necrosis which deteriorates the bone due to lack of blood supply. Emery was scheduled for surgery but his future looked grim. Only two athletes had ever returned from this disease. Luckily, doctors were able to catch the disease before it spread and Emery made a full recovery. He returned to the NHL with the Anaheim Ducks in 2011 and won six straight games. Emery then spent time with Chicago, where he set an NHL record with 12 straight wins to start the season. That season he and starting goaltender Corey Crawford backed the team to a Stanley Cup. Ray Emery then re-signed with the Philadelphia Flyers. 

Other players to wear #1:

  • Simon Lajeunesse
  • Jani Hurme
  • Damian Rhodes
  • Craig Billington
  • Steve Weeks
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2 days until Ottawa Senators regular season!

Luke Richardson wore #2 for the Senators during his time with the team! The Ottawa native was drafted 7th overall by the Toronto Maple leafs in the 1987 draft. In 1988, Richardson was the victim of an attack from Dino Ciccarelli, who clubbed him several times over the head with his stick. Ciccarelli was convicted of assault. Richardson played 4 seasons with the Leafs before being traded to the Oilers. Over the next 16 seasons, Richardson would play for the Oilers, Flyers, Blue Jackets, Leafs and Lightning before landing in Ottawa, his hometown. Richardson played with the Sens for 78 games over 2 seasons before retiring during the 2008-09 season. He was hired as an assistant coach with the team later that season. After 3 season as an assistant coach, Richardson was awarded the head coach position of the Binghamton Senators where he still coaches today. 

Luke Richardson and his family are extremely involved in the youth mental health initiative in Ottawa. Sadly, in 2010, Luke’s daughter Daron committed suicide at their family home. The family decided it was important to raise awareness of teen suicide and depression with the hopes of preventing further tragedies. They founded an organization along with the help of the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health, the Sens Foundation, and the Ottawa Senators called “Do it for Daron.” The organization is quickly spreading across Canada and is helping young people deal with their mental health and be more open about their experiences. 

Jared Cowen currently wears #2 for the Senators. Read more about him here.

Other players to wear #2:

  • Lawrence Nycholat
  • Brian Pothier
  • Curtis Leschyshyn
  • Bobby Dollas
  • Grant Ledyard
  • Lance Pitlick
  • Jim Paek
  • Kevin MacDonald
  • Radek Hamr
  • Jim Kyte
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  • Question: I just wanted to let you know in the Phillips post it says he'll likely get his chance at captaincy now that Spezza is gone, but obviously he didn't! - Anonymous
  • Answer:

    Whoops! Thanks for pointing that out :) I made them all at the beginning of the summer and set them up in the queue. I forgot I had put that in there, I guess!

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3 days until Ottawa Senators regular season!

Zdeno Chara wore #3 during his time with the Senators! The 6ft9 Slovak defenseman was drafted 56th overall by the New York Islanders in 1996. Chara played 3 season with the Islanders before being traded to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Alexei Yashin (others were involved in the trade as well). He recorded 10 goals and 23 points in his first season with the Senators in 2001. By 2003, Chara had become an elite defenseman in the league earning himself an All-Star appearance. Chara was nominated for his first Norris Trophy in 2004 and was named to the First All-Star team. In 2006, the Senators were faced with a tough decision to either keep Chara or veteran Wade Redden, and they went with Redden. Subsequently, Chara signed with the Boston Bruins that summer. In 299 games with the Senators, Chara recorded 51 goals and 146 points. 

Marc Methot currently wears #3 for the Ottawa Senators! Drafted 168th overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2005, Methot made his NHL debut during the 2006-2007 season. He became a regular in 2008-2009. On July 1st, 2012, Methot was traded to the Ottawa Senators for Nick Foligno. It was a home-coming for Methot, growing up in the city of Ottawa. He was paired with Erik Karlsson during the shortened season and was a big reason the Senators finished the season with the 22nd lowest GAA average. His physical style of play, size, and veteran leadership has made him a fan favourite here in Ottawa. 

Other players to wear #3:

  • Lawrence Nycholat
  • Sean Gagnon
  • Patrick Traverse
  • Per Gustafsson
  • Frantisek Musil
  • Sean Hill
  • Kent Paynter
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4 days until Ottawa Senators regular season (AHHH!!!)

Chris Phillips currently wears #4 for the Ottawa Senators! The stay-at-home defenseman was drafted 1st overall by the Ottawa Senators in the 1996 draft. Phillips delayed playing Major Junior hockey for a year in order to stay at home and help his family (his mother was in a wheelchair from a virus which attacked her spine, his father legally blind from a diabetic episode.) Phillips was raised in Fort McMurray, Alberta and made his NHL debut in 1997-98. He played in 72 games and scored 5 goals and 16 points. 

Phillips became a staple on the Senators blueline from then on. He was named an alternate captain prior to the 2006 season. That season Phillips helped lead the team to the Stanley Cup Finals. He played his 1000th NHL game on February 9, 2012 and scored twice leading the team to a 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators. 

During the 2012 lockout, Phillips was the Senators’ NHLPA representative during negotiations and was very critical of how the NHL was played “dirty tricks” which hindered negotiations. In 1,143 games with the Senators, Phillips has recorded 125 goals and 301 points. He was passed over for the captaincy after Alfredsson left, but it is extremely likely he will get his chance during this coming season with Spezza gone.

Phillips and his family have become rooted in Ottawa. They are involved in charities around the city and Chris has opened a pub/brewery called “Big Rig Brew” in the West End. Having been there many a time, I highly recommend it!

Other players who wore #4:

  • Sean Hill
  • Brad Shaw
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5 days until Ottawa Senators regular season!

We’ll do a full write-up on Chris Phillips tomorrow, but little known fact: he wore #5 during his rookie season! 

But now for more current players! Cody Ceci currently wears #5 for the Ottawa Senators! The Ottawa native is living a bit of a dream, being drafted 15th overall by the Senators in 2012 and now playing for the team in his hometown. Ceci admits that his room was plastered with Senators apparel growing up and when he was called up from Binghamton in December 2013 he stayed in his old room and it was all still there. But Ceci says he didn’t bring it all over when he got his own place. Ceci was a true home-grown prospect. He grew up here, played for the Ottawa 67’s and now the Ottawa Senators. There is also a now-famous picture of Cody Ceci at age 10 standing with then-Senator Mike Fisher during the Sens Skills competition. 

In terms of stats, Ceci is an offensive-defenseman and earned the reputation of overtime hero in both the OHL, AHL, and NHL when he scored his first NHL goal in OT against the St. Louis Blues. Ceci was called up to the big leagues in December of 2013 after defenseman Jared Cowen was suspended and the team was in need of a replacement. Ceci played so well, the team decided to keep him up. In 49 games with the Senators this season, Ceci scored 3 goals and 6 assists. 

Other players to wear #5:

  • Brian Lee
  • Andy Sutton
  • Christoph Schubert
  • Greg de Vries
  • Sami Salo
  • Radek Hamr
  • Kerry Huffman
  • Ken Hammond