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Ottawa Senators

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.

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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.