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1995–96 Ottawa Senators · NHL
Division 6th Northeast Division
Conference 13th Eastern Conference
1995–96 record 18–59–5
Home record 8–28–5
Road record 10–31–0
Goals for 191
Goals against 291
General Manager Randy Sexton (Oct-Dec)
Pierre Gauthier (Dec-Apr)
Coach Rick Bowness (Oct-Nov)
Dave Allison (Nov-Jan)
Jacques Martin (Jan-Apr)
Captain Randy Cunneyworth
Alternate captains Unknown
Unknown
Arena Ottawa Civic Centre (Oct-Jan)
The Palladium[1] (Jan-Apr)
Average attendance 13,271 per game (544,108 total)
Team leaders
Goals Daniel Alfredsson (26)
Assists Daniel Alfredsson (35)
Points Daniel Alfredsson (61)
Penalties in minutes Dennis Vial (276)
Wins Damian Rhodes (10)
Goals against average Damian Rhodes (2.77)

The 1995–96 Ottawa Senators season was a season with plenty of change for the club. The club changed coaching staffs twice, changed the General Manager and moved into the new Palladium arena in Kanata. The team would again finish last in the league.

OffseasonEdit

18 smitty patch

'Smitty' patch

Prior to the season, on August 2, 1995, Brian Smith, former NHL hockey player and sportscaster at Ottawa TV station CJOH-TV was killed. He had been the primary reporter on the Senators for the station. The Senators would honor him with a patch on their jerseys, with his nickname 'Smitty' and number 18, which they would wear on their jerseys for the whole season. The team would also raise a banner in his memory.

Regular seasonEdit

There were some bright spots during the season, rookie Daniel Alfredsson would lead the team offensively with 61 points (26 goals-35 assists), while Alexei Yashin was out of the lineup for 36 games. Alfredsson would go on to win the Calder Trophy, awarded to the NHL's rookie of the year.

After getting off to a good start with a 6–5–0 record, the Senators would then lose their next eight games, which ended up costing head coach Rick Bowness his job, as the club replaced him with Dave Allison, who was previously the head coach of the Senators AHL affiliate, the Prince Edward Island Senators. The Dave Allison era did not last long in Ottawa, as the club would only win two of 25 games (2–22–1) before he was replaced by Jacques Martin. Under Martin, the Senators would be more competitive, going 10–24–4 in his 38 games to finish the year with an 18–59–5, their fourth straight season at the bottom of the NHL standings.

HighlightsEdit

After taking over from the fired Randy Sexton as General Manager, on December 6, 1995, Pierre Gauthier made three moves to strengthen the club. He hired Jacques Martin as head coach, signed hold-out Alexei Yashin to a contract and engineered a blockbuster trade on January 23, 1996, dealing away Don Beaupre, Martin Straka and Bryan Berard, while acquiring Damian Rhodes and Wade Redden. It was a three-way trade between the Senators, the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the New York Islanders and was necessary because Berard, the Senators' first-round pick, was refusing to report to the Senators.

The Senators played their first game in The Palladium on January 17, 1996 in a game against the Montreal Canadiens, which turned out to be a 3–0 Senators loss. The pre-game ceremonies were ruined when the raising of the Senators' Stanley Cup banners failed, leaving the banners obscuring some fans' view of the scoreboard.

On April 13, 1996, the Senators played the defending Stanley Cup champion New Jersey Devils, who needed a win to clinch the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Senators would play the role of spoiler, defeating New Jersey 5–2, officially eliminating the Devils from post-season play and giving the Tampa Bay Lightning, the team that entered the league the same year as the Sens, their first playoff birth.

Final standingsEdit

Northeast Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Pittsburgh Penguins 82 49 29 4 362 284 102
Boston Bruins 82 40 31 11 282 269 91
Montreal Canadiens 82 40 32 10 265 248 90
Hartford Whalers 82 34 39 9 237 259 77
Buffalo Sabres 82 33 42 7 247 262 72
Ottawa Senators 82 18 59 5 191 291 41

Game logEdit

Regular season schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1LOctober 7, 19951–3 Buffalo Sabres (1995–96) 0–1–0
2LOctober 13, 19952–6 @ Florida Panthers (1995–96) 0–2–0
3WOctober 15, 19957–4 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1995–96) 1–2–0
4WOctober 19, 19954–2 Calgary Flames (1995–96) 2–2–0
5LOctober 21, 19951–4 @ New Jersey Devils (1995–96) 2–3–0
6WOctober 22, 19954–2 @ New York Rangers (1995–96) 3–3–0
7WOctober 24, 19952–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1995–96) 4–3–0
8WOctober 26, 19955–4 Los Angeles Kings (1995–96) 5–3–0
9LOctober 28, 19951–4 Florida Panthers (1995–96) 5–4–0
10LOctober 29, 19952–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1995–96) 5–5–0
11WNovember 2, 19955–0 @ Hartford Whalers (1995–96) 6–5–0
12LNovember 4, 19954–5 Hartford Whalers (1995–96) 6–6–0
13LNovember 8, 19951–7 Pittsburgh Penguins (1995–96) 6–7–0
14LNovember 9, 19953–4 @ Boston Bruins (1995–96) 6–8–0
15LNovember 11, 19952–3 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1995–96) 6–9–0
16LNovember 15, 19952–3 @ Hartford Whalers (1995–96) 6–10–0
17LNovember 16, 19953–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1995–96) 6–11–0
18LNovember 18, 19951–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1995–96) 6–12–0
19LNovember 19, 19950–6 @ Buffalo Sabres (1995–96) 6–13–0
20LNovember 22, 19951–3 Winnipeg Jets (1995–96) 6–14–0
21TNovember 25, 19953–3 OT Boston Bruins (1995–96) 6–14–1
22LNovember 28, 19952–7 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1995–96) 6–15–1
23LNovember 30, 19953–5 New York Islanders (1995–96) 6–16–1
24LDecember 2, 19952–4 New York Rangers (1995–96) 6–17–1
25LDecember 5, 19951–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1995–96) 6–18–1
26WDecember 7, 19955–2 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1995–96) 7–18–1
27LDecember 9, 19953–7 Colorado Avalanche (1995–96) 7–19–1
28LDecember 12, 19951–2 @ San Jose Sharks (1995–96) 7–20–1
29LDecember 13, 19952–6 @ Los Angeles Kings (1995–96) 7–21–1
30LDecember 15, 19952–4 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1995–96) 7–22–1
31LDecember 17, 19951–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (1995–96) 7–23–1
32LDecember 18, 19951–3 @ Edmonton Oilers (1995–96) 7–24–1
33LDecember 23, 19952–4 Buffalo Sabres (1995–96) 7–25–1
34LDecember 26, 19954–6 @ New York Rangers (1995–96) 7–26–1
35WDecember 27, 19954–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1995–96) 8–26–1
36LDecember 30, 19951–4 Montreal Canadiens (1995–96) 8–27–1
37LDecember 31, 19950–3 Tampa Bay Lightning (1995–96) 8–28–1
38LJanuary 3, 19961–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1995–96) 8–29–1
39LJanuary 5, 19962–4 @ Hartford Whalers (1995–96) 8–30–1
40LJanuary 6, 19964–5 @ New York Islanders (1995–96) 8–31–1
41LJanuary 11, 19961–6 @ Washington Capitals (1995–96) 8–32–1
42LJanuary 13, 19961–4 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1995–96) 8–33–1
43LJanuary 17, 19960–3 Montreal Canadiens (1995–96) 8–34–1
44LJanuary 22, 19963–7 Chicago Blackhawks (1995–96) 8–35–1
45LJanuary 24, 19963–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1995–96) 8–36–1
46LJanuary 25, 19962–4 Detroit Red Wings (1995–96) 8–37–1
47TJanuary 27, 19962–2 OT Toronto Maple Leafs (1995–96) 8–37–2
48WJanuary 29, 19964–2 St. Louis Blues (1995–96) 9–37–2
49LJanuary 31, 19961–3 Boston Bruins (1995–96) 9–38–2
50LFebruary 1, 19962–4 Washington Capitals (1995–96) 9–39–2
51LFebruary 3, 19962–3 OT New Jersey Devils (1995–96) 9–40–2
52LFebruary 6, 19961–3 @ Calgary Flames (1995–96) 9–41–2
53LFebruary 8, 19962–6 @ Winnipeg Jets (1995–96) 9–42–2
54WFebruary 10, 19965–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1995–96) 10–42–2
55WFebruary 12, 19964–1 @ New York Islanders (1995–96) 11–42–2
56TFebruary 15, 19962–2 OT San Jose Sharks (1995–96) 11–42–3
57LFebruary 17, 19961–2 OT New York Rangers (1995–96) 11–43–3
58WFebruary 20, 19967–1 @ St. Louis Blues (1995–96) 12–43–3
59LFebruary 22, 19962–3 @ Dallas Stars (1995–96) 12–44–3
60LFebruary 25, 19962–4 @ Colorado Avalanche (1995–96) 12–45–3
61LFebruary 28, 19962–3 OT Buffalo Sabres (1995–96) 12–46–3
62LMarch 1, 19962–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1995–96) 12–47–3
63LMarch 2, 19961–4 New Jersey Devils (1995–96) 12–48–3
64LMarch 7, 19961–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1995–96) 12–49–3
65LMarch 9, 19962–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1995–96) 12–50–3
66WMarch 13, 19964–1 Dallas Stars (1995–96) 13–50–3
67WMarch 15, 19962–0 Vancouver Canucks (1995–96) 14–50–3
68WMarch 17, 19965–0 Tampa Bay Lightning (1995–96) 15–50–3
69LMarch 19, 19962–5 @ Florida Panthers (1995–96) 15–51–3
70LMarch 21, 19961–3 @ Boston Bruins (1995–96) 15–52–3
71TMarch 22, 19961–1 OT Hartford Whalers (1995–96) 15–52–4
72LMarch 24, 19962–3 Edmonton Oilers (1995–96) 15–53–4
73LMarch 27, 19962–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1995–96) 15–54–4
74LMarch 29, 19960–5 @ Washington Capitals (1995–96) 15–55–4
75LMarch 30, 19961–3 Montreal Canadiens (1995–96) 15–56–4
76TApril 1, 19961–1 OT Boston Bruins (1995–96) 15–56–5
77WApril 3, 19963–2 Florida Panthers (1995–96) 16–56–5
78WApril 5, 19964–2 New York Islanders (1995–96) 17–56–5
79LApril 6, 19963–4 Washington Capitals (1995–96) 17–57–5
80LApril 10, 19962–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1995–96) 17–58–5
81LApril 11, 19963–5 Pittsburgh Penguins (1995–96) 17–59–5
82WApril 13, 19965–2 @ New Jersey Devils (1995–96) 18–59–5

[2]

Player statsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Alfredsson, DanielDaniel Alfredsson RW 82 26 35 61 28-18823
Yashin, AlexeiAlexei Yashin C 46 15 24 39 28-15801
Cunneyworth, RandyRandy Cunneyworth LW 81 17 19 36 130-31402
Duchesne, SteveSteve Duchesne D 62 12 24 36 42-23702
Bonk, RadekRadek Bonk C 76 16 19 35 36-5501
Chorske, TomTom Chorske LW 72 15 14 29 21-9021
Straka, MartinMartin Straka C 43 9 16 25 29-14501
Quinn, DanDan Quinn C 28 6 18 24 24-8400
Hill, SeanSean Hill D 80 7 14 21 94-26202
Modry, JaroslavJaroslav Modry D 64 4 14 18 38-17101
Demitra, PavolPavol Demitra LW 31 7 10 17 6-3201
Daigle, AlexandreAlexandre Daigle C 50 5 12 17 24-30100
Drury, TedTed Drury C 42 9 7 16 54-19101
Tormanen, AnttiAntti Tormanen RW 50 7 8 15 28-15000
Huffman, KerryKerry Huffman D 43 4 11 15 63-18300
McCleary, TrentTrent McCleary RW 75 4 10 14 68-15010
Gaudreau, RobRob Gaudreau RW 52 8 5 13 15-19110
Neckar, StanStan Neckar D 82 3 9 12 54-16100
Archibald, DaveDave Archibald C/LW 44 6 4 10 18-14001
Picard, MichelMichel Picard LW 17 2 6 8 10-1001
Pitlick, LanceLance Pitlick D 28 1 6 7 20-8000
Mallette, TroyTroy Mallette LW 64 2 3 5 171-7000
Vial, DennisDennis Vial D/LW 64 1 4 5 276-13000
Musil, FrantisekFrantisek Musil D 65 1 3 4 85-10000
Elynuik, PatPat Elynuik RW 29 1 2 3 162000
Bourque, PhilPhil Bourque LW 13 1 1 2 14-3000
Dahlquist, ChrisChris Dahlquist D 24 1 1 2 14-7000
Roy, Jean-YvesJean-Yves Roy RW 4 1 1 2 23000
Beaupre, DonDon Beaupre G 33 0 2 2 170000
Laukkanen, JanneJanne Laukkanen D 20 0 2 2 140000
Levins, ScottScott Levins C/RW 27 0 2 2 80-3000
Rhodes, DamianDamian Rhodes G 36 0 2 2 40000
McLlwain, DaveDave McLlwain C/RW 1 0 1 1 20000
Bales, MikeMike Bales G 20 0 0 0 20000
Cirella, JoeJoe Cirella D 6 0 0 0 4-3000
Laperriere, DanielDaniel Laperriere D 6 0 0 0 42000
Traverse, PatrickPatrick Traverse D 5 0 0 0 2-1000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Rhodes, DamianDamian Rhodes 2123 36 10 22 4 98 2.77 21041943.906
Beaupre, DonDon Beaupre 1770 33 6 23 0 110 3.73 1892782.877
Bales, MikeMike Bales 1040 20 2 14 1 72 4.15 0560488.871
Team: 4933 82 18 59 5 280 3.41 324932213.888

[3]

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus/minus; PIM = Penalty minutes; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
      MIN = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Awards and recordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

TradesEdit

April 7, 1995 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Norm Maciver
Troy Murray
To Ottawa Senators
Martin Straka
April 7, 1995 To Boston Bruins
Craig Billington
To Ottawa Senators
future considerations (Bruins' eighth-round pick in 1995 Draft (Ray Schultz))
April 7, 1995 To Quebec Nordiques
Bill Huard
To Ottawa Senators
Mika Stromberg
(Nordiques' fourth-round pick in 1995 Draft (Kevin Boyd))
April 7, 1995 To St. Louis Blues
Ottawa's ninth-round pick 1995 Entry Draft (Libor Zabransky)
To Ottawa Senators
Daniel Laperriere
St. Louis's ninth-round pick 1995 Entry Draft (Erik Kaminski)
July 8, 1995 To New Jersey Devils
Ottawa's fourth-round pick 1995 Entry Draft (Alyn McCauley)
To Ottawa Senators
Jaroslav Modry
August 4, 1995 To St. Louis Blues
Ottawa's second-round pick 1995 Entry Draft (later traded by St. Louis)
To Ottawa Senators
Steve Duchesne
September 20, 1995 To Colorado Avalanche
Jean-Francois Labbe
To Ottawa Senators
future considerations
October 5, 1995 To New York Rangers
Steve Larouche
To Ottawa Senators
Jean-Yves Roy)
October 5, 1995 To New Jersey Devils
Ottawa's third-round pick 1997 Entry Draft (Alyn McCauley)
To Ottawa Senators
Tom Chorske
October 7, 1995 To Calgary Flames
Ottawa's fourth-round pick 1997 Entry Draft (Chris St. Croix)
To Ottawa Senators
Frank Musil
January 23, 1996 To Philadelphia Flyers
Dan Quinn
To Ottawa Senators
future considerations
January 23, 1996 To New York Islanders
Don Beaupre
Martin Straka
Bryan Berard
To Ottawa Senators
Damian Rhodes
Wade Redden
January 26, 1996 To Colorado Avalanche
Brad Larsen
To Ottawa Senators
Janne Laukkanen
March 1, 1996 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Dave McLlwain
To Ottawa Senators
Pittsburgh's eighth-round pick 1996 Entry Draft (Erich Goldmann)
March 19, 1996 To Philadelphia Flyers
Kerry Huffman
To Ottawa Senators
future considerations
March 20, 1996 To Los Angeles Kings
Jaroslav Modry
Ottawa's eighth-round pick 1996 Entry Draft (Stephen Valiquette)
To Ottawa Senators
Kevin Brown

WaiversEdit

October 2, 1995 From Carolina Hurricanes
Ted Drury
October 2, 1995 From Los Angeles Kings
Justin Hocking

Source: (2008) Ottawa Senators 2008–09 Media Guide. Ottawa Senators, 187–188. 

Free agentsEdit

Player Former team
Dan Quinn Los Angeles Kings
Eric Lavigne Los Angeles Kings
Joe Cirella Florida Panthers
Player New team
Corey Foster Pittsburgh Penguins

RosterEdit

1995-96 Ottawa Senators
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centres


Draft picksEdit

Ottawa's draft picks at the 1995 NHL Entry Draft in Edmonton, Alberta.

Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
11 Bryan Berard Flag of the United States United States Detroit Jr. Red Wings (OHL)
227 Marc Moro Flag of Canada.svg Canada Kingston Frontenacs (OHL)
353 Brad Larsen Flag of Canada.svg Canada Swift Current Broncos (WHL)
489 Kevin Bolibruck Flag of Canada.svg Canada Peterborough Petes (OHL)
4103 Kevin Boyd Flag of Canada.svg Canada London Knights (OHL)
6131 David Hruska Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic Banik Sokolov (Czech.)
8183 Kaj Linna Flag of Finland Finland Boston University (NCAA)
8184 Ray Schultz Flag of Canada.svg Canada Tri-City Americans (WHL)
9231 Erik Kaminski Flag of the United States United States Northeastern University (Boston) (NCAA)

Farm teamsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Ottawa Senators staff (2007). Ottawa Senators Media Guide 2007. Ottawa Senators. 
  • The Internet Hockey Database.
  • NHL staff (2006). National Hockey League Guide & Record Book 2007. NHL. 

NotesEdit

  1. Renamed during season to Corel Centre.
  2. 1995–96 Ottawa Senators Games. Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-17.
  3. 1995-96 Ottawa Senators Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-17.


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