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The original Ottawa Senators

One of the greatest and most famous teams of the early years of hockey, the Ottawa Senators existed from 1901 to 1934, winning ten Stanley Cups in that time. The team then relocated to St. Louis, Missouri, as the St. Louis Eagles, but folded after the 1934-35 season.


The NHL's planned 1992 expansion had several strong contenders, but starting in 1989, original owner Bruce Firestone put together an energetic bid to revive NHL hockey in Ottawa, using the last surviving original Senator, Frank Finnigan, as its public face. The revived Senators won one of the two slots (along with the Tampa Bay Lightning) and both would begin play in 1992. The Senators' bid had been considered something of a long-shot, particularly in the face of a financially much stronger bid from Hamilton, Ontario, and ran into financial trouble immediately. Firestone had trouble borrowing money to meet the 50 million dollar expansion fee. In the 1995-1996 season, the Senators moved from the Ottawa Civic Centre to the Palladium (now known as Scotiabank Place) on January 15th 1996, which was in the nearby city of Kanata (which was amalgamated into the City of Ottawa in 2000).

Beginning of a new era

Unfortunately, as with the Lightning's campaign—which many felt similarly won over a stronger St. Petersburg bid because it was led by former NHL great Phil Esposito — good public relations could not disguise the lack of talent. The modern-day Senators played their first game in the Ottawa Civic Centre, a small arena by professional standards, seating only 9,862, and beat the eventual Stanley Cup champion Montreal Canadiens 5-3. Tragically, Finnigan died before the team started play, and the win against the Habs was the last bit of glory the new Senators would see; they were the worst team in the league, going 10-70-4 (24 points) in the 1992-93 season (the second-year San Jose Sharks had a technically better season at 11-71-2 [24 points], since the first tiebreaker in the NHL is number of wins). The Senators and their fans would suffer through four more last-place finishes.

Rod Bryden era

For several years management had trouble securing financing for the construction of an arena. The team received no financial help from government, including a refusal by the Ontario government to pay for a new $25M highway interchange. On August 17, 1993, Bruce Firestone resigned after missing mortgage and development payments and was replaced by Rod Bryden, a former high tech tycoon. A year later he managed to borrow enough to pay for a $188 million arena called the Palladium. Although widely acknowledged as a well-designed arena, in the years since construction the arena has been criticized for being difficult to reach. It is located in the far west end of Ottawa, and is a long trip from many other areas, especially in the east or the Outaouais. Difficulties where compounded by frequent traffic jams at before and after game time. With no financial help from the government to add and improve the interchange, they built interchanges and a new bridge that goes over the highway out of there own pocket.

New millennium

The Senators filed for bankruptcy on January 9, 2003, after a long history of debt. They continued regular season play after getting some emergency financing from the NHL. Despite the off-ice problems, Ottawa won the President's Trophy in the 2002-03 NHL season, finishing with a league-best 113 points. In the playoffs they defeated the Yashin-led New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers before coming within one game of making it into the Stanley Cup final series, falling to the eventual champions, the New Jersey Devils. In September 2003, the team was purchased by pharmaceutical magnate Eugene Melnyk.

*above material taken from Wikipedia, the free on-line encyclopedia.