Ottawa Senators History
The current Ottawa Senators started off as an expansion team in 1992, but the original
Senators played in the NHL from the Twenties until they moved to St. Luis in 1934. Hockey fans in Ottawa were thrilled to
have an NHL team back in their city and came out in droves to see the new Senators. It did not take long before the Senators
rewarded their fans with success a few short years later when they were division champions in 1999. Since then the Senators
have made the playoffs twelve times in fourteen years, have won the President's Trophy in 2003, won four division titles,
and made it to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2007. In just over 20 years, the Ottawa Senators have established a strong history
of hockey excellence, giving their fans some big-time thrills in the process. The Ottawa Senators schedule is always absolutely
loaded with must-see match ups, as the Senators routinely go up against some of the best teams that the NHL has to offer.
But while the regular season is amazing, it's a whole different experience to see the Senators in the playoffs, so come out
and see all of the match ups the way they were meant to be seen.
About the Team
The Ottawa Senators sit
in sixth place in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference, but are just a few points behind Detroit and Tampa Bay.
A strong finish could land the Senators with a good seed in the playoffs and a decent chance of advancing far. Their offense
has been paced by right winger Bobby Ryan who leads the team in goals and defenseman Erik Karlsson who leads the team in assists
and points. The defense has been problematic at times this season and is statistically towards the bottom of the NHL, but
if they can pick it up just slightly the Senators could be a major factor in the playoffs. Home games at Canadian Tire Centre
are routinely loaded with thousands of intense fans that know how to show their support, making it a great place to see a
big hockey game if you're a true fan.
Hockey fans in general are some of the most passionate
sports fans around, but nothing quite matches the fanaticism surrounding the NHL playoffs and fans of the Ottawa Senators
are some of the most dedicated and vociferous fans in the entire NHL. On game day at Canadian Tire Centre the fans file in
and take their seats and that is when the cheering and chanting begins. As the clock winds down closer and closer to the dropping
of the puck the crowd works itself into a frenzy. Finally both teams are ready for face off and the excitement really begins.
Thunderous, bone rattling hits, incredible displays of speed and agility, powerful slapshots, and tremendous saves set the
arena on fire for the following three periods of world class college hockey. By the time the final buzzer sounds your voice
is hoarse and your palms are stinging from clapping and giving high fives and you will already be planning a return trip.
Everything is ratcheted up a notch during the NHL playoffs and the further teams advance the more intense the competition
becomes. If you thought regular season NHL games were exciting, just wait until you experience an NHL playoff game live and
NHL Eastern Conference Atlantic Division
The Atlantic Division is comprised of eight teams:
the Boston Bruins, the Buffalo Sabres, the Detroit Red Wings, the Florida Panthers, the Montreal Canadiens, the Ottawa Senators,
the Tampa Bay Lightning, and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Many of the teams in the division are among the top franchises in the
history of the NHL including the Montreal Canadiens who have won 24 Stanley Cup Championships. The Boston Bruins are the most
recent current member of the division to have won a Stanley Cup, having done so in 2010. The Atlantic Division is in some
ways new to the NHL after the 2013 realignment when the former Atlantic Division was renamed the Northeast Division and the
current Atlantic Division was created out of teams the Northeast Division, the Southeast Division, and the Central Division.
From the 2013-2014 season on look for the newly reconstructed Atlantic Division to be one of the premiere divisions not only
in the Eastern Conference but in the entire NHL.
Fans of the Senators are known as the Sens Army
and frequently dress as Roman legionaries for games in addition to having Red Rallies where cars are decorated to show their
support of the team. The area outside of Canadian Tire Centre on Elgin Street is filed with pubs and restaurants and has come
to be known as Sens Mile. The tradition started when the Senators made the Stanley Cup Finals and fans celebrated a victory
in the streets outside the arena, soon local officials began closing off the street after every game of the Finals.