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10 days until Ottawa Senators regular season!

Shean Donovan wore #10 for the Senators! The Timmins native was drafted 28th overall by the San Jose Sharks in 1993. After 4 seasons with the Ottawa 67’s, he played his first 4 seasons in San Jose starting in 1995-96, before being traded to the Colorado Avalanche for three seasons. Donovan landed in Atlanta during the 1999 season. He spent time with the Penguins, Flames, and the Bruins before being traded to the Ottawa Senators in 2007. Donovan became a fan favourite, especially during the skills competition, where he appeared in a speed skating outfit for the fastest skater competition. Unfortunately, he wiped out and went feet first into the boards, injuring his knee. He missed a fair amount of time. The next year, Spezza stood at the end of the rink with crash mats just in case. Donovan also made a bet with then-captain Daniel Alfredsson during the 2010 winter olympics. If Canada won, Alfie would have to shovel Dononvan’s backyard rink and wear a Team Canada jersey to practice. If Sweden won, the same rules applied for Donovan except with a team Sweden jersey. Donovan spent 3 years with the Senators before retiring in 2010. He still lives in Ottawa with his family and frequently appears on TSN1200 offering analysis and insight. 

Other players to wear #10:

  • Mike Lundin
  • Marek Svatos
  • Tyler Arnason
  • Brandon Bochenski
  • Peter Bondra
  • Toni Dahlman
  • Andreas Dackell
  • Rob Gaudreau
  • Darcy Loewen
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11 days until Ottawa Senators regular season!

Do we really need an introduction for this one? Daniel Alfredsson wore #11 for his lengthy career here in Ottawa. Drafted 133rd overall in the 1994 NHL draft by the Senators, the Swedish right-winger played his rookies season in the 1995-1996 season, when he won the Calder Trophy for rookie of the year. He recorded 26 goals and 61 points, representing the Senators at the All-Star game. The next season he improved his point totals with 24 goals and 71 points overall and was selected for the All-Star game once again. Beginning the 1997-1998 season with a contract dispute, Alfredsson demanded a trade from the team. He eventually signed after missing the first 5 games of the season and the fans greeted him with a standing ovation. At the beginning of the 199-2000 season, Daniel Alfredsson was named captain of the Ottawa Senators beginning his 14 year run as the team leader. 

In 2004, Alfredsson angered Leafs fans who still boo him to this day. Leafs Captain Mats Sundin had broken his stick on an attempted shot in an earlier game. He threw the stick in disgust and it flew into the stand. Sundin received a one game suspension. Alfredsson broke his stick in the next game against Toronto and pretended to throw it over the glass which upset the Leafs fans. Rumour has it the stick is still lodged up the collective ass of the fan base to this day.

Alfredsson’s best offensive season for the team came in 2005-2006 when he was on a line with Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza. Alfie recorded 43 goals and 103 points, along with a +29 rating. That season he also scored the first ever shootout goal in the NHL against the Toronto Maple Leafs. 2007 saw Alfredsson lead the Senators to the Stanley Cup Finals. He scored the OT winner in game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals to send the Sens to the final round in franchise history. Alfredsson became the first European-born-and-raised captain to lead his team to the finals. 

The next few years were marked with injuries which hindered his offensive production, and yet Alfredsson still remained a 40 point player in all but two seasons until the shortened one in 2012-2013. After beating the Montreal Canadiens in 5 games in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2014, Alfredsson called it one of the sweetest moments in his career. 

The end of that season marked the beginning of heartbreak for Senators fans. Alfredsson acknowledged he would be returning for another year, but after weeks of speculation and he-said-she-said between the GM Bryan Murray, Alfie’s agent JP Barry, and owner Eugene Melnyk, Alfredsson ultimately signed a one-year $5.5mil contract with the Detroit Red Wings. In his first game back at the Senators arena on December 3, 2013, Alfredsson received a lengthy standing ovation from the fans.

Alfredsson holds many records for the Senators, including:

  • most regular season games player, goals, assists, and points
  • hightest +/- rating at +42
  • most points in a regular season game (3 goals, 4 assists)
  • most playoff games played, goals, assists and points

The beloved veteran also hit many milestones with the team, such as:

  • 300th goal of his career (Nov.10,2007)
  • 500th assist of his career (Jan. 24, 2008)
  • 1000th NHL game (Apr. 6, 2010)
  • 1000 points (Oct. 22, 2010)
  • 400th career goal (Dec. 30, 2011)

Though he did not end his career with the Senators, there is little doubt that his number will be lifted to the rafters and retired in the organization. 

Other players to wear #11:

  • Jarmo Kekalainen
  • Evgeny Davydov
  • Mark Freer
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12 days until Ottawa Senators regular season!

(I chose the bottom picture because it’s just too amazing to not share)

Mike Fisher wore #12 for the Ottawa Senators during his long tenure with the team. Drafted 44th overall in the 1998 draft by the Ottawa Senators, the 6ft1 Peterborough native played his first season in the NHL during 1999-2000. Fisher scored just 4 goals in 32 games that season, but steadily improved offensively as the years went on, having his best statistical season in 2009-2010, recording 25 goals and 28 assists. In 2006, Fisher was second runner-up during for the Frank J. Selke trophy as the best defensive forward.

In 2008, Mike Fisher met now-wife and country music star Carried Underwood backstage at one of her shows in Ottawa. They began dating almost immediately and in December of 2009 they were engaged. Both are very devout Christians and they were often spotted at a local church in Ottawa together. Underwood attended games when she could and was very supportive of her husband.The couple married in July of 2010. In February of 2011, Fisher was the victim of a rebuild by the Senators and was traded to the Nashville Predators. Many people blamed this trade on Fisher’s new wife Carrie Underwood, who herself lived in Nashville. Some radio stations in the city even banned her music from their station. However, she publicly stated on a late-night talk show she obviously had nothing to do with it. She’s in no way involved in the proceedings of an NHL transaction.

Other players to wear #12:

  • David Oliver
  • Pat Falloon
  • Dave Archibald
  • Graeme Townshend
  • Neil Brady
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13 days until Ottawa Senators regular season!

Vinny Prospal wore #13 for the Senators! The 6ft2 left-winger was drafted 71st overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1993. He played three and a half seasons for the Flyers before being traded to Ottawa along with Pat Falloon and a 2nd round pick in 1998 in return for Alexandre Daigle. Prospal recorded 41 goals in 213 games for the Senators. In 2001 Prospal was traded to the Florida Panthers for “future considerations.” He announced his retirement after 16 years in the NHL in January of 2014. 

Other players to wear #13:

  • Peter Regin
  • Petr Schastlivy
  • Ted Drury
  • Jamie Baker
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14 days until Ottawa Senators regular season!

Brad Marsh wore #14 for the Senators in 1993! The 6ft3 defenceman was drafted 11th overall by the Atlanta Flames in 1978. He played with the Flames as they were moved to Calgary until 1981 when he was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers. Marsh joined the Senators in 1993 and made his first and only NHL appearance that year. Brad Marsh holds the record for fewest goals scored by a player who played at least 1000 games, scoring only 23 goals in 1086 games. He was also one of the last players to not wear a helmet in the league. After he retired, Marsh made his home in Ottawa, becoming part of the Senators front office team as well as opening a restaurant in the Sens arena known as “Marshy’s”.

Colin Greening now wears #14 for the Senators. Read more about him in this post here!

Other players to wear #14:

  • Chris Campoli
  • Andrej Meszaros
  • Radek Bonk
  • Dave Hannan
  • Jean-Yves Roy
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15 days until Ottawa Senators regular season!

Dany Heatley wore #15 for the Ottawa Senators. Though he represents Canada and is a Canadian citizen, Heatley was born in Freiburg, Germany where his father was playing hockey at the time. He was drafted 2nd overall in the 2000 NHL draft by the Atlanta Thrashers, behind only Rick DiPietro. Heatley made his NHL debut in 2001-2002 where he lead all rookies with 67 points and went on to win the Calder Trophy. 

Unfortunately, in the fall of 2003, Heatley was in a car accident with teammate Dan Snyder. Snyder died as a result of the crash. His family was very supportive of Heatley during his rough times. 

As the end of the lockout drew near, Heatley asked to be traded from the Atlanta Thrashers hoping to leave his tough past behind him. He was traded to the Ottawa Senators on August 23, 2005 for Marian Hossa and defenseman Greg de Vries. He registered points in his first 22 games with his new team which was a franchise record. He was one game away from tying Wayne Gretzky’s record of a 23 game point streak with a new team. Heatley finished the 2005-2006 season with 50 goals which marked the first time a Senators player had ever hit that number.

Heatley played on a line with Alfredsson and Spezza deemed the “CASH Line.” Playing on this line again in 2006-2007, Heatley hit 50 goals once again. This is where the “50 in ‘07” running joke comes from. The Senators reached the Stanley Cup finals that year and the “CASH line” tied for the lead in playoff scoring, at 22 points a piece.

After a coaching change, offensive drop-offs, and less ice time, Heatley requested a trade in June of 2009 only 1 year into a 6 year contract. He made himself public enemy #1 when he refused a trade to the Edmonton Oilers (the return being Cogliano, Penner, and Smid) on June 30 because on July 1, the next day, he would have received a bonus of $4mil. The trade woes lasted all summer when finally on September 12, Heatley was traded to the San Jose Sharks for a 2nd round pick, Milan Michalek, and Jonathan Cheechoo.

Zack Smith currently wears #15 for the Ottawa Senators. Read more about him here!

Other players to wear #15:

  • Peter Schaefer
  • Shawn McEachern
  • Dave Archibald
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16 days until Ottawa Senators regular season!

Clarke MacArthur currently wears #16 for the Ottawa Senators! The Lloydminster, Alberta left-winger was drafted 74th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in 2003. MacArthur made his NHL debut against the Montreal Canadiens on December 19, 2006. He had 7 points over 19 goals in the NHL that season. He scored his first NHL goal against…wait for it…the Ottawa Senators on February 22nd, 2007. MacArthur played his first full season in the NHL in 2008-2009. At the 2009 trade deadline, he was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers. That summer he signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs, with long time friend Dion Phaneuf being an influencer in the decision. MacArthur set a franchise record for the Leafs, scoring a goal in each of his first four games with the team. 

MacArthur signed with the Ottawa Senators on July 5, 2013. He made the decision while at Dion Phaneuf’s wedding. MacArthur was assigned Daniel Alfredsson’s old locker upon his arrival and asked if he could instead be put in storage room B. “I’m looking to move. I’m not feeling ghosts, but it’s a tough spot to sit in, that’s for sure.” When asked if the Leafs would ever forget Toronto’s Game 7 collapse against the Bruins, MacArthur answered “hopefully not.” He immediately became a fan favourite. 

MacArthur set a career high 24 goals in his first season with the Senators, finding instant chemistry with line-mates Bobby Ryan and Kyle Turris.

Other players to wear #16:

  • Laurie Boschman (First Ottawa Senators Captain)
  • Mark Stone
  • Bobby Butler
  • Brian McGrattan
  • Jody Hull
  • Petr Schastlivy
  • Mike Sillinger
  • Steve Martins
  • Sergei Zholtok
  • Dave McLlwain
  • Brad Lauer
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17 days until Ottawa Senators regular season!
David Legwand will wear the #17 when he joins the Senators in the upcoming season! The Detroit native was drafted 2nd overall to the Nashville Predators behind Vincent Lecavalier in the 1998 NHL draft. He was with the team since their inaugural season in 1998. Legwand spent 15 seasons with the Predators, holding many franchise records such as most games played, goals, assists, and points. He was the first NHL player to score on a penalty shot in OT on December 23rd, 2000 against the Rangers. Legwand and the Predators won their first playoff series in 2011. In March of 2014, the long time Predator played out the final year of his contract in his home down of Detroit in the hopes of making a push in the playoffs. The Ottawa Senators signed Legwand to a two-year $6mil contract after the Sens lost #1 centre Jason Spezza. Legwand turned reportedly turned down a number of offers from teams like Toronto who were offering more money. He believes the Senators will be a great match for him and ended almost every answer during his interview on TSN1200 with “it’s going to be fun.”
Welcome to the team, David!
Other players who wore #17:
Filip Kuba
Denis Hamel
Filip Novak
Bill Muckalt
Eric Lacroix
Colin Forbes
Chris Murray
Tom Chorske
Dave McLlwain
Jody Hull

17 days until Ottawa Senators regular season!

David Legwand will wear the #17 when he joins the Senators in the upcoming season! The Detroit native was drafted 2nd overall to the Nashville Predators behind Vincent Lecavalier in the 1998 NHL draft. He was with the team since their inaugural season in 1998. Legwand spent 15 seasons with the Predators, holding many franchise records such as most games played, goals, assists, and points. He was the first NHL player to score on a penalty shot in OT on December 23rd, 2000 against the Rangers. Legwand and the Predators won their first playoff series in 2011. In March of 2014, the long time Predator played out the final year of his contract in his home down of Detroit in the hopes of making a push in the playoffs. The Ottawa Senators signed Legwand to a two-year $6mil contract after the Sens lost #1 centre Jason Spezza. Legwand turned reportedly turned down a number of offers from teams like Toronto who were offering more money. He believes the Senators will be a great match for him and ended almost every answer during his interview on TSN1200 with “it’s going to be fun.”

Welcome to the team, David!

Other players who wore #17:

  • Filip Kuba
  • Denis Hamel
  • Filip Novak
  • Bill Muckalt
  • Eric Lacroix
  • Colin Forbes
  • Chris Murray
  • Tom Chorske
  • Dave McLlwain
  • Jody Hull
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18 days until Ottawa Senators regular season!

Marian Hossa wore #18 for the Ottawa Senators! Selected 12th overall in 1997 by the Senators, the 6ft2 Slovak left-winger did not immediately get assigned to the NHL. After 7 games he was assigned to juniors. 

Hossa joined the Senators late in 1998, where he still managed to get 15 goals and 30 points in 60 games. He came in second for Calder nominations. In 1999-200, he improved to 29 goals but unfortunately was involved in a terrible on-ice accident. During the follow-through of a shot, Hossa’s stick caught Toronto defenseman Bryan Berard in the face. Berard’s eye nearly had to be removed and his career was almost ended. Filled with regret and concern, Hossa visited Berard in the hospital the next day and apologized, where Berard absolved him of any responsibility. 

Hossa’s best offensive season with the Sens came in 2002-2003, when he recorded 45 goals and 80 points. He led the Senators through the playoffs to the Conference finals where the team lost in seven games to the New Jersey Devils. In 7 seasons and 467 games with the Senators, Hossa tallied 188 goals. 

Marian Hossa re-signed a 3 year deal with the Senators in August of 2005, and that same day he was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers in return for Dany Heatley. This blindside of a transaction is one of the main reasons Zdeno Chara chose to leave the Senators, not liking how they treated his good friend.

(This was a long one, but Marian Hossa is too gosh-darn interesting…and also missed on this team)

Other players to wear #18:

  • Jim O’Brien
  • Jesse Winchester
  • Patrick Traverse
  • Troy Mallette
  • Rob Murphy
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19 days until Ottawa Senators regular season!

Alexei Yashin wore #19 for his time with the Ottawa Senators! The Russian centre was drafted 2nd overall by the Ottawa Senators in 1992. He was the first draft pick in the history of the expansion Ottawa Senators. Yashin remained in Russia for a year and arrived in Ottawa in 1993. In his rookie season he recorded 79 points and earned himself a nomination for the Calder Trophy. It was on Yashin’s OT goal in 1998 against New Jersey that won the Senators their first ever playoff series. In the 1998-1999 season, Yashin was named team captain of the Ottawa Senators.

While he was a superstar on the ice, Yashin was a pain in the rear off the ice. Between contract disputes and cockiness, he soon turned fans sour on him. Things became even worse when he promised a one-million dollar donation to the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, only later to reveal he expected the NAC to give his parents $425,000 for “loosely defined” services. The centre cancelled the donation. The final straw was when Yashin refused to honour the last year of his contract. He demanded more money and a trade. The organization refused to trade him, instead stripping him of his captaincy and giving it to Daniel Alfredsson. Yashin begged for free agency status, but the NHL forced him to play out his contract. He was booed in every arena, including Ottawa.

On draft day 2001, Alexei Yashin was traded to the New York Islanders in return for Bill Muckalt, Zdeno Chara, and the second overall draft pick that ended up being Jason Spezza.  

Other players to wear #19:

  • Jason Spezza
  • Petr Schastlivy