This hockey season marks a big year for both our beloved Ottawa Senators and the community itself.
Did you know the team was turning 20 this season? Perhaps you’ve seen the black, red and white-striped heritage jersey around town — the one emblazoned with an unmistakable ‘O’. And Ottawa’s also hosting the 2012 All-Stars game come January — plus all the fun festivities that go along with that.
So in celebration of #Sens20, we thought we’d share with you 20 fun — and perhaps unknown — facts about our Ottawa Senators and the history of hockey in general.
- Ottawa’s first hockey club was founded in 1884 after two locals were inspired by a game of organized hockey in Montreal. First named the Ottawa Hockey Club, this team went on to become the original Ottawa Senators.
- The original Sens won 11 Stanley Cups before being moved to St. Louis in 1934 during the Great Depression.
- The Senators played their first NHL game against Montreal on Dec. 19, 1917 at Dey’s Arena. (They lost.)
- The 1926-27 Stanley Cup playoffs is largely recognized as the first Stanley Cup Championship of the modern era … And the Sens won!
- There was a 58-year gap between the time the orignal Sens left and when the revamped franchise returned on Oct. 8, 1992.
- Captain Daniel Alfredsson is the Ottawa Senator who’s played the most games with the franchise, at 1,056 before the start of this season.
- Hockey used to be played with seven players on the ice.
- Winnipeg is touted as the birthplace of the puck drop-style ‘faceoff’.
- The birthplace of ice hockey is still contested, though most research puts it in Windsor, N.S.
- While 19 NHL have become either defunct or relocated, the Ottawa Senators and the Winnipeg Jets are the only teams to have come back with names in tact.
- One of the original Ottawa Senators made up half of the first family to have a father and son both win the Stanley Cup. Jack McNell won with Ottawa in 1920 & 1921, and his son Fleming McNell won with Toronto in 1949 & 1951.
- Ottawa’s Harry ‘Punch’ Broadbent scored at least one goal in 16 consecutive games during the 1921-22 season — an NHL record that still stands today.
- Throughout its history, there has been two years when the Stanley Cup was not rewarded: In 1919, due to a flu epidemic and in 2005, over that season’s NHL lockout.
- 1970 marked the first year NHL players’ names were added to the back of their jerseys. (First by the now-defunct California Seals.)
- The youngest NHL player was 16.
- The youngest NHL coach was 25.
- The oldest NHL player was 52.
- The oldest NHL coach was 64.
- The 20th anniversary heritage jersey will be worn 12 times this season. (Well, 11 after the team donned it during Opening Night again the Colorado Avalanche.)
- You can win 4 tickets to tomorrow night’s game against the Winnipeg Jets by commenting on this post, retweeting us on Twitter and liking our Sens’ link on Facebook. **
** For those who care about this kind of stuff, the tickets will be in the Coca-Cola Family Fun Zone, which means no alcohol.
Have an interesting memory of the Ottawa Senators you’d like to share? Enter the contest by leaving a comment below! Go, Sens, go!