|City:||Binghamton, New York|
|League:||American Hockey League|
|Home Arena:||Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena|
|Colors:|| Red, black, gold, white
|General Manager:||Tim Murray|
|Head Coach:||Kurt Kleinendorst|
|Media:|| Press & Sun-Bulletin|
WICZ, WENE, WINR
|Affiliates:|| Ottawa Senators (NHL)|
Elmira Jackals (ECHL)
|1972–1992:||New Haven Nighthawks|
|1992–1993:||New Haven Senators|
|1993–1996:||Prince Edward Island Senators|
|Division Championships:||2 (2002–03, 2004–05)|
|Conference Championships:||1 (2010–11)|
|Calder Cups:||1 (2010–11)|
The Binghamton Senators are a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League (AHL). Nicknamed the B-Sens, they play in Binghamton, New York at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. Along with the Elmira Jackals of the ECHL, the B-Sens are minor league affiliates of the Ottawa Senators. They are the AHL's 2011 Calder Cup champions.
Inception and first seasons (2002–2005)Edit
The arrival of the B-Sens marked the return of the AHL to the area after a five-year absence. The area had previously been represented by the Binghamton Dusters (1977–1980), the Binghamton Whalers (1980–1990), and the Binghamton Rangers (1990–1997), all of the AHL. While no AHL team played in Binghamton between 1997 and 2002, the market was served by the B.C. Icemen of the United Hockey League.
The Binghamton Senators enjoyed a successful 2002–03, freshman season, going 43–26–9 with 100 points. They breezed by their first three playoff rounds, but were easily defeated by the Hamilton Bulldogs in 5 games. By contrast, the 2003–04 season was not as successful as the loss of both Antoine Vermette and Jason Spezza weakened the team. They went 34–34–9 and quietly exited the playoffs thanks to a 2–0 sweep at the hands of the Norfolk Admirals.
The 2004–05 NHL lockout meant Binghamton got a return visit from their recent graduates and several other NHL players, including Jason Spezza, Antoine Vermette, Anton Volchenkov, Chris Neil, Josh Langfeld and Brian Pothier, making the Senators a legitimate Calder Cup contender. Jason Spezza lead the way with a league high 117 points (earning the AHL MVP) and brought the team back to contender form. The Senators ended the regular season with only 21 regulation losses, tied for 2nd fewest in the league, taking the division title with a league high 276 goals scored. The Senators entered the playoffs on a roll, winners of 11 of their last 13 games, and continued their dominance by cruising through the first 2 games of their first round best of 7 series against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, scoring 9 goals. But the offense inexplicably stalled and the Sens scored only 5 goals in the remaining 4 games as the Penguins answered back with the next 4 wins, crushing the hopes of bringing the Calder Cup to Binghamton for the first time.
Recent activity (2009-Present)Edit
On 17 July 2009 it was announced that Don Nachbaur was named head coach of the Binghamton Senators. During the 2009–10 AHL season, Nachbaur coached the Senators to a 36-35-6-3 record and 81 points to finish fifth overall in the AHL's East Division. On 22 June 2010, after only one season behind the bench, Nachbaur announced that he was resigning as head coach citing personal reasons as the cause.
On August 6, 2010 the Ottawa Senators announced that Kurt Kleinendorst was appointed the head coach of the Binghamton Senators as part of a two-year contract. Kleinendorst had spent the previous year leading the USA Hockey National Team Development Program's Under-18 team to a gold medal at the 2010 IIHF World U18 Championships in Belarus.
In 2011, the Binghamton Senators made the playoffs. The came back to beat the Manchester Monarchs 4-3 in the first round. In the second round, The Senators upset the Portland Pirates 4-2. They beat the Charlotte Checkers 4-0 to advance to their first ever Calder Cup Finals.
In the finals, the Senators were against the Houston Aeros. The Senators fell behind 2-1 in the series, but a two game home ice winning streak gave them the 3-2 lead. The Senators won game 6 in Houston on June 7, 2011 to capture their first ever Calder Cup.
|Season||Prelim||1st round||2nd round||3rd round||Finals|
|2002–03||—||W, 3–0, WOR||W, 4–2, BRI||L, 1–4, HAM||—|
|2003–04||L, 0–2, NOR||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||—||L, 2–4, WBS||—||—||—|
|2005–06||Out of Playoffs|
|2006–07||Out of Playoffs|
|2007–08||Out of Playoffs|
|2008–09||Out of Playoffs|
|2009–10||Out of Playoffs|
|2010–11||-||W, 4–3, MAN||W, 4–2, POR||W, 4–0, CHA||W, 4-2 HOU|
- Goals: 56 Denis Hamel (2005–06)
- Assists: 85 Jason Spezza (2004–05)
- Points: 117 Jason Spezza (2004–05)
- Penalty Minutes: 551 Brian McGrattan (2004–05)
- GAA: 2.42 Ray Emery (2002–03)
- SV%: .924 Ray Emery (2002–03)
- Career Goals: 124 Denis Hamel
- Career Assists: 117 Jason Spezza
- Career Points: 236 Denis Hamel
- Career Penalty Minutes: 1051 Brian McGrattan
- Career Goaltending Wins: 67 Ray Emery
- Career Shutouts: 11 Ray Emery
- Career Games: 216 Christoph Schubert
- ↑ Bulletin: Senators announce the resignation of Nachbaur as head coach of Binghamton. senators.nhl.com (June 22, 2010). Retrieved on August 6, 2010.
- ↑ Bulletin: Senators name Kurt Kleinendorst head coach of AHL affiliate in Binghamton. senators.nhl.com (August 6, 2010). Retrieved on August 6, 2010.
- Binghamton Senators Official Website
- binghamtonhockey.net - Hockey history of the Binghamton, New York region
- The Internet Hockey Database - Binghamton Senators
|Franchise||Franchise • Original Franchise • Expansion Draft • Players • Seasons • Records • Draft picks|
|Arenas||Ottawa Civic Centre • Bell Sensplex (practice) • Scotiabank Place|
|Head Coaches||Bowness • Allison • Martin • Neilson • Martin • Murray • Paddock • Murray • Hartsburg • Clouston|
|General Managers||Bridgman • Sexton • Gauthier • Dudley • Johnston • Muckler • Murray|
|Affiliates||Binghamton Senators (AHL) • Elmira Jackals (ECHL)|
|Rivalries||Toronto Maple Leafs • Buffalo Sabres|
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