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Binghamton Senators
Binghamton Senators
City: Binghamton, New York
League: American Hockey League
Conference: Eastern Conference
Division: East Division
Founded: 2002
Home Arena: Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena
Colors: Red, black, gold, white

                   

Owner(s): multiple
General Manager: Tim Murray
Head Coach: Kurt Kleinendorst
Captain: Mark Parrish
Media: Press & Sun-Bulletin
WICZ, WENE, WINR
Affiliates: Ottawa Senators (NHL)
Elmira Jackals (ECHL)
Franchise history
1972–1992: New Haven Nighthawks
1992–1993: New Haven Senators
1993–1996: Prince Edward Island Senators
2002–present: Binghamton Senators
Championships
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.

HistoryEdit

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.[1]

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.[2] 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-by-season resultsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Season Games WonLostTiedOTLSOLPoints Goals
for
Goals
against
Standings
2002–03804326 9 2 972392071st, East
2003–04803434 9 3 802102164th, East
2004–05804721 7 51062762171st, East
2005–06803537 4 4 782582955th, East
2006–07802348 4 5 552253237th, East
2007–08803432 9 5 822552486th, East
2008–09804130 5 4 912322385th, East
2009–10803635 6 3 812512605th, East
2010–11804230 3 5 912552215th, East

PlayoffsEdit

SeasonPrelim1st round2nd round3rd roundFinals
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


Team recordsEdit

Single seasonEdit

Goals: 56 Flag of Canada Denis Hamel (2005–06)
Assists: 85 Flag of Canada Jason Spezza (2004–05)
Points: 117 Flag of Canada Jason Spezza (2004–05)
Penalty Minutes: 551 Flag of Canada Brian McGrattan (2004–05)
GAA: 2.42 Flag of Canada Ray Emery (2002–03)
SV%: .924 Flag of Canada Ray Emery (2002–03)

CareerEdit

Career Goals: 124 Flag of Canada Denis Hamel
Career Assists: 117 Flag of Canada Jason Spezza
Career Points: 236 Flag of Canada Denis Hamel
Career Penalty Minutes: 1051 Flag of Canada Brian McGrattan
Career Goaltending Wins: 67 Flag of Canada Ray Emery
Career Shutouts: 11 Flag of Canada Ray Emery
Career Games: 216 Flag of Germany Christoph Schubert

Notable playersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Bulletin: Senators announce the resignation of Nachbaur as head coach of Binghamton. senators.nhl.com (June 22, 2010). Retrieved on August 6, 2010.
  2. Bulletin: Senators name Kurt Kleinendorst head coach of AHL affiliate in Binghamton. senators.nhl.com (August 6, 2010). Retrieved on August 6, 2010.

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