Ottawa Senators

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1992–present

                   

The Ottawa Senators are a professional ice hockey team based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. They are members of the Northeast Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Senators play their home games at the 19,153 seat (20,500 capacity) Scotiabank Place (originally named the 'Palladium', and later the 'Corel Centre') which they opened in 1996.

Founded and established by Ottawa real estate developer Bruce Firestone, the team is the second NHL franchise to use the Ottawa Senators nickname. The original Ottawa Senators, founded in 1883, had a famed history, winning 11 Stanley Cups[1] and playing in the NHL from 1917 until 1934. On December 6, 1990, after a two year public campaign by Firestone, the NHL awarded a new franchise, which began play in the 1992–93 season.[2] The team has had two changes of ownership, from Firestone to Rod Bryden in 1993 due to the arena development and its financing, and subsequently to Eugene Melnyk after a 2003 bankruptcy.[3] In 2009, the club was valued by Forbes Magazine at $197 million.[4]

The club played most of four seasons in the small 10,000 seat Ottawa Civic Centre and finished last in the league in all four seasons.[5] Since then, the team has had some success, qualifying for the Stanley Cup playoffs in twelve of the past thirteen seasons, four division titles, the Presidents' Trophy in 2003 and appeared in the 2007 Stanley Cup Finals. The success has been reflected in attendance. The club has averaged over 18,000 fans per game since 2005–06, peaking at 19,821 in 2007–08.[6]

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