The Toronto Maple Leafs are a Canadian professional ice hockey team that plays in the North Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Located in Canada's capital city of Ottawa, the Ottawa Senators is a professional ice hockey team that plays in the National Hockey League (NHL) as a member of the North Division. Canadian Tire Centre, which opened in 1996 as the Palladium, is where the Senators play their home games.
13 Facts About The Ottawa Senators
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- 1. The modern-day Ottawa Senators are a professional ice hockey team founded by real estate developer Bruce Firestone.
- 2. The current owner of the team is Eugene Melnyk, he purchased the franchise on August 26, 2003, for ONLY $92 million US. Forbes magazine valued the franchise at $445 million in 2019.
- 3. A franchise since 1992, the Senators chose their nickname from their affiliation with Ottawa's status as the national capital of Canada and from a previous hockey team in the city that won 11 Stanley Cups between 1903 and 1927.
- 4. Team colours are: Black, red, gold, and white.
- 5. Originally founded in 1883, the Ottawa Senators enjoyed a successful history, winning 11 Stanley Cups during their NHL tenure between 1917 and 1934. The NHL awarded a new franchise on December 6, 1990, after a two-year public campaign.
- 6. Since the 1890s, the team was known by several nicknames, including the Generals in the 1890s, the Silver Seven between 1903 and 1907, and the Senators starting in 1908.
- 7. A Roman general's head in a gold circle, representing a senator, is the team logo. It was designed by Tony Milchard, who describes the general as a "centurion figure, strong and prominent" in his 1992 original.
- 8. A total of 16 playoff appearances have been achieved by the Senators, four division titles have been won by them, and a 2003 Presidents' Trophy has been won.
- 9. To date, the Sens have made only one appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals. They have yet to win the Stanley Cup.
- 10. The Senators' longest-serving player in franchise history, Chris Phillips, was selected first overall in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. He played 1,179 regular-season games with Ottawa, which makes him the first player in franchise history to be selected first overall in the draft. Phillips played in 114 playoff games. He was a defensive player. He retired in 2016.
- 11. Under the leadership of Jacques Martin, who joined the club in 1995 until 2004 and served as a head coach until 2004, the Senators have enjoyed their most success.
- 12. Known as the "CASH line", the first line of Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza, and Dany Heatley was the best trio in Senators history. They instilled fear in their competitors.
- 13. Daniel Alfredsson has served as the team's longest-serving captain, from 1999 to 2013. He was selected 133rd overall in the sixth round of the NHL Entry Draft in 1994.