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23 days until Ottawa Senators regular season!

Kaspars Daugavins is the most recent player to wear #23 for the Ottawa S2007, Ottawa signed Daugavins to an entry level contract and assigned him the the Binghamton Senators. He made his NHL debut against the New York Rangers in January, 2010. Daugavins returned to the AHL for the 2010-2011 season and helped the Binghamton Senators to a Calder Cup Championship. Daugavins became a regular in the lineup during the 2011-2012 season and quickly became a fan favourite. Daugavins’ “claim to fame” in the NHL came in 2013 when he took a “spin-o-rama” shot in a shootout, while his stick was on top of the puck. Many people criticized him for being “too risky”, but the puck almost crossed the goal line, so it’s no worse than the two players before him who missed the net entirely. Daugavins was placed on waivers in March of 2013 and was claimed off waivers by the Bruins. Daugavins had to post-pone his wedding in 2013 as he and the Boston Bruins made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Other players to wear #23:

  • Karl Rachunek
  • Yves Sarault
  • Radim Bicanek
  • Christer Olsson
  • Jaroslav Modry
  • Brian Glynn
  • Claude Boivin
  • Chris Luongo
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24 days until Ottawa Senators regular season!
Anton Volchenkov is the longest serving member of the Senators to wear #24. Endearingly known by fans as “The A-Train”, Volchenkov built his reputation on throwing big hits and blocking shots. He grew up playing goal, so stepping in front of pucks was nothing new to him. The 6ft1 Russian defenseman was drafted 21st overall by the Ottawa Senators in 2000. He came to North American in 2002 and made the permanent roster of the Senators from then out. He stayed with the Senators until 2010, leading the league in blocked shots for all those years. In July of 2010, Volchenkov signed a six-year deal with the New Jersey Devils. 
Other players to wear #24:
Stephane Da Costa
Juha Ylonen
Ivan Ciernik
John Gruden
Stan Neckar
Daniel Laperriere
Robert Burakovsky
Steve Konroyd
Lonnie Loach

24 days until Ottawa Senators regular season!

Anton Volchenkov is the longest serving member of the Senators to wear #24. Endearingly known by fans as “The A-Train”, Volchenkov built his reputation on throwing big hits and blocking shots. He grew up playing goal, so stepping in front of pucks was nothing new to him. The 6ft1 Russian defenseman was drafted 21st overall by the Ottawa Senators in 2000. He came to North American in 2002 and made the permanent roster of the Senators from then out. He stayed with the Senators until 2010, leading the league in blocked shots for all those years. In July of 2010, Volchenkov signed a six-year deal with the New Jersey Devils. 

Other players to wear #24:

  • Stephane Da Costa
  • Juha Ylonen
  • Ivan Ciernik
  • John Gruden
  • Stan Neckar
  • Daniel Laperriere
  • Robert Burakovsky
  • Steve Konroyd
  • Lonnie Loach
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25 days until Ottawa Senators regular season!

Chris Neil currently wears #25 for the Ottawa Senators! The 6ft1 Flesherton, Ontario native was drafted 161st overall by the Ottawa Senators in 1998. Neil cracked the Senators lineup in 2001, appearing in 72 games recording 17 points, and 231 penalty minutes. Chris Neil has always been the enforcer of the team, but when Brian McGrattan joined the team, Neil was able to expand offensively. He racked up 16 goals and 17 assists for a total of 33 points in 79 games…in addition to his 204 penalty minutes. When Neil’s contract was up and he was a UFA, 3 other teams presented him with offers but Neil chose to stay in Ottawa for much less money. Chris Neil became on alternate captain for the Senators in September of 2013. 

While many see Chris Neil as a “goon” or dirty player, the Senators forward has never been suspended, nor has he received a disciplinary hearing. In his time off the ice, Neil spends his time with his 3 kids putting together puzzles and making forts with them. He attends church every Sunday, which is where he met his wife. Neil is a soft-spoken, gentle man who understands that on the ice he has a specific role to fill for the team. Both Neil and his wife are honourary chairs of Rogers House, an Ottawa charity that provides a home away from home for sick children and their families while they are being treated at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

Other players to wear #25:

  • Viacheslav Butsayev
  • Bruce Gardiner
  • Pat Elynuik
  • Herb Raglan
  • Chad Penney
  • Tomas Jelinek
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26 days until Ottawa Senators regular season!

Ryan Shannon is the most recent player to wear #26 for the Ottawa Senators! The 5ft9 Connecticut native went undrafted, but after 4 years at Boston College the Portland Pirates signed Shannon as a free agent in 2005. Shannon made the Ducks roster in 2006-2007, where he helped the team capture the Stanley Cup…against the Ottawa Senators. In September of 2008, Shannon was traded to the Ottawa Senators for Lawrence Nycholat. He played 180 games for the Senators, recording 24 goals and 53 points. Shannon signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2011. 

Cute story about Ryan Shannon: On his day with the Stanley Cup, he went to a bar in the middle of Times Square and sold wristbands to 500 people to come party with him (all proceeds went to charity). In the middle of the party, he got up and said “I’d just like to make an announcement. I’d like to ask [my girlfriend] if she’ll marry me,” and he dropped to one knee. She said yes. 

Other players to wear #26:

  • Vaclav Varada
  • Benoit Brunet
  • Andre Roy
  • Phil Crowe
  • Scott Levins
  • Bob Kudelski
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27 days until Ottawa Senators regular season!
Janne Laukkanen was the longest serving player to wear the number 27 for the Ottawa Senators! The Finnish defenseman was drafted 156th overall by the Queben Nordiques in 1991, playing his first NHL game in the 1994-1995 season. Laukkanen spent one season with the Nordiques before moving on to the Avalanche, then the Senators in 1995. He spent 5 seasons with the Senators, playing 256 games and recording 9 goals and 68 points. During the 1999-2000 season Laukkanen was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins. He finished his career in 2003 with the Tampa Bay Lightning. 
Other players to wear #27:
Alex Kovalev
Randy Robitaille
Peter Schaefer
Todd Simpson
Dennis Bonvie
Ricard Persson
Joe Cirella
Phil Bourque
Hank Lammens
Blair Atcheynum

27 days until Ottawa Senators regular season!

Janne Laukkanen was the longest serving player to wear the number 27 for the Ottawa Senators! The Finnish defenseman was drafted 156th overall by the Queben Nordiques in 1991, playing his first NHL game in the 1994-1995 season. Laukkanen spent one season with the Nordiques before moving on to the Avalanche, then the Senators in 1995. He spent 5 seasons with the Senators, playing 256 games and recording 9 goals and 68 points. During the 1999-2000 season Laukkanen was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins. He finished his career in 2003 with the Tampa Bay Lightning. 

Other players to wear #27:

  • Alex Kovalev
  • Randy Robitaille
  • Peter Schaefer
  • Todd Simpson
  • Dennis Bonvie
  • Ricard Persson
  • Joe Cirella
  • Phil Bourque
  • Hank Lammens
  • Blair Atcheynum
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28 days until Ottawa Senators regular season!
Todd White wore #28 for the Ottawa Senators for 4 season with the team, the longest of any player to wear the number. The Kanata native went undrafted and signed as a free agent with the Chicago Blackhawks in 1997. In 2000, he was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers and a few months later, he signed as a free agent with the Ottawa Senators. That season he scored 4 goals in 16 games that season. In 2001, White became a permanent member of the team, scoring 50 points in 80 games. He played with the Senators until 2004, when he was traded to the Minnesota Wild for a 4th round pick. White played in the NHL until 2011, when he retired. He returned to Ottawa and now does game analysis from time-to-time on TSN1200.
Other players to wear #28:
Matt Kassian
Zenon Konopka
Marin Lapointe
Joe Juneau
Ted Donato
Stephen Leach
Denny Lambert
Steve Duchesne
Bill Huard
Jeff Lazaro
Mark Osiecki

28 days until Ottawa Senators regular season!

Todd White wore #28 for the Ottawa Senators for 4 season with the team, the longest of any player to wear the number. The Kanata native went undrafted and signed as a free agent with the Chicago Blackhawks in 1997. In 2000, he was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers and a few months later, he signed as a free agent with the Ottawa Senators. That season he scored 4 goals in 16 games that season. In 2001, White became a permanent member of the team, scoring 50 points in 80 games. He played with the Senators until 2004, when he was traded to the Minnesota Wild for a 4th round pick. White played in the NHL until 2011, when he retired. He returned to Ottawa and now does game analysis from time-to-time on TSN1200.

Other players to wear #28:

  • Matt Kassian
  • Zenon Konopka
  • Marin Lapointe
  • Joe Juneau
  • Ted Donato
  • Stephen Leach
  • Denny Lambert
  • Steve Duchesne
  • Bill Huard
  • Jeff Lazaro
  • Mark Osiecki
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29 days until Ottawa Senators regular season!
Martin Gerber wore #29 for the Ottawa Senators during his time with the Ottawa Senators! The Swiss goaltender was drafted 232nd overall in the 2001 NHL Draft by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. He played his first game in October of 2012 against the Dallas Stars, a game the team lost 4-2. After two seasons in Anaheim Gerber was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes in 2004 and in 2006 he won the Stanley Cup with the Canes. He signed with the Senators in July of 2006 but struggled throughout the entire season. He was eventually replaced by Ray Emery, who lead the team to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in franchise history. Gerber began the next season as the starter, despite the rapid decline in standings. In 2009, Gerber was eventually placed on waivers and claimed by the Toronto Maple Leafs. 
Other players to wear #29:
Nathan Lawson
Mike Brodeur
Brooks Laich
Joel Kwiatkowski
Igor Kravchuk
Phil Von Stefenelli
Phil Bourque
Francois Leroux

29 days until Ottawa Senators regular season!

Martin Gerber wore #29 for the Ottawa Senators during his time with the Ottawa Senators! The Swiss goaltender was drafted 232nd overall in the 2001 NHL Draft by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. He played his first game in October of 2012 against the Dallas Stars, a game the team lost 4-2. After two seasons in Anaheim Gerber was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes in 2004 and in 2006 he won the Stanley Cup with the Canes. He signed with the Senators in July of 2006 but struggled throughout the entire season. He was eventually replaced by Ray Emery, who lead the team to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in franchise history. Gerber began the next season as the starter, despite the rapid decline in standings. In 2009, Gerber was eventually placed on waivers and claimed by the Toronto Maple Leafs. 

Other players to wear #29:

  • Nathan Lawson
  • Mike Brodeur
  • Brooks Laich
  • Joel Kwiatkowski
  • Igor Kravchuk
  • Phil Von Stefenelli
  • Phil Bourque
  • Francois Leroux
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