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Monday, August 23, 2010

Ottawa Senators - Franchise, Team, Arena and Uniform History

Almost all of the actual original watercolor paintings used in this poster are available for sale – see Section 5 of this blog.

Fall 2022: To purchase a reasonably priced 8" x 24" plaqued mounted version of the Ottawa Senators poster that's ready to hang on your wall, please visit Heritage Sports Stuff.

1. Ottawa Senators – The Franchise History
This modern franchise was established (by established we mean the year of the franchise’s first game) in 1992-93. In 1992-93 The league expanded to 24 teams with the addition of the Ottawa Senators and the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Since 1992-93 the Ottawa franchise has always been known as the Ottawa Senators. But there were some "predecessor teams" in Ottawa that I feel are "linked" to the modern Senators franchise, and here is some of that information.

There were four predecessor "clubs":
A. 1883 – 1909: Ottawa Hockey Club/Senators/Silver Seven were a (mostly) amateur team that won the Stanley Cup 12 times [5 different seasons] in this period of time and played in a variety of leagues including the CAHL, FAHL and ECAHA.

B. 1910 – 1917: Ottawa Senators were a pro team in the NHA and won the Stanley Cup 5 times [2 different seasons]

C. 1917 – 1931 and 1933 – 1934: Ottawa Senators left the NHA and became a founding member of the NHL. During their initial NHL run, they won the Stanley Cup 4 times [4 different seasons].

D. 1934 – 1935: Ottawa franchise moved to St. Louis and became St. Louis Eagles.

The franchise was disbanded after the 1934-35 season.

Thus it is said that Ottawa teams (mainly known as the Ottawa Senators) won the Stanley Cup 11 times (ie in 11 different seasons) prior to 1935.

2. Ottawa Senators – Championships/Great Accomplishments
One Stanley Cup Final Appearance:
2006-07 lost to Anaheim Ducks 4 games to 1

One Near-Stanley Cup Final Appearance:
2016-17 lost to Pittsburgh Penguins in Double OT in Game 7 of Semi-final

Four Division Championships
1998-99 1st in Northeast Division 44 wins–23 losses–15 ties = 103 pts
2000-01 1st in Northeast Division 48 wins–21 losses–13 ties = 109 pts
2002-03 1st in Northeast Division 52 wins–21 losses–9 ties = 113 pts
2005-06 1st in Northeast Division 52 wins–21 losses–9 ties = 113 pts

3. Ottawa Senators – Home Arena History
The Senators have played at the following arenas:
1. Deys Rink on Maria Street, Ottawa
Pre 1896

2. Deys Rink on Gladstone Avenue, Ottawa
1896 – 1907

Please note: If anyone has a photo or sketch or plan that shows the exterior of this rink, I would greatly appreciate any information you might be willing to share - contact me at . This is the most famous image of a tiny portion of the rink - it comes from a photo of the Dawson Creek (Yukon Territory) team that travelled across Canada to challenge Ottawa for the Stanley Cup.

3. Aberdeen Pavillion, Ottawa

4. Deys Arena on Laurier Avenue, Ottawa
1907 – 1923

5. Ottawa Auditorium, Ottawa
1923 – 1934

6. St. Louis Arena, St. Louis
1934 – 1935

7. Ottawa Civic Centre, Ottawa
1992 – 1996

8. Palladium / Corel Centre / Scotiabank Place / Canadian Tire Centre, Kanata ON
1996 - Present

4. For more information on the Senators, you should visit/bookmark these great websites:

A. I personally think Wikipedia keeps getting better and better with each passing year – here is the Senators Wikipedia site:

B. For a great season-by-season summary of each Senators season:

C. These guys do a great job of team (and player) stats for all active and defunct franchises

D. For some good info about arenas past, present and future, visit this site (and don’t be fooled by the their name – even though it is ballparks dot com, they do a good job on hockey arenas too):

E. For great stats on past and present players and prospects, these guys do an amazing job:

5. Celebrate the Senators' jersey history by owning a famous piece of jersey artwork:
If you love the Ottawa Senators and the history of the Senators franchise, you might really love to own an original piece of artwork celebrating the team's historic jerseys as seen in the poster at the top of this blog - you can actually own one of those original pieces of art! There are only 16 pieces of original art available for sale, and when these 16 are sold, that's it, they're all sold out.

These original watercolor paintings would make a great gift (birthday gift, anniversary gift, retirement gift, Christmas gift, etc.) for someone you love or even a great gift for yourself (one of these framed pieces would look fantastic in your home or office). Each piece can be bought one of three ways:
1. As unframed art that you could have framed or mounted yourself (the one on the left)
2. Framed in our "Classic" framed version (the middle version)
3. Framed in our "Deluxe" framed version (the version on the right)

If you would like more information about this great artwork including the three ways you could purchase each piece, please visit our Ottawa Senators YouTube video at or go directly to the artwork website where you can see and purchase the artwork.

And if someone you know loves the history of sports uniforms (but maybe another team) and loves great art, please let them know that we have over 1500 pieces of great original artwork for sale at (all NFL teams, all MLB teams, all NHL teams, all CFL teams, select NCAA football teams) or check out each team's video at the Heritage Sports Art YouTube Channel .

6. The original pen and ink drawings of the arenas shown above are also for sale.
Please note that the actual original, highly detailed, hand-drawn pen and ink sketches used for the 8 arena images shown above are available for sale as a complete collection to one Senators fan. If you are interested in being the one and only owner of this complete and original collection of Ottawa Senators arena images, please contact me by email and I can explain how they can all be framed in two beautiful companion pieces.

This text was written by Scott Sillcox and was last updated August 23, 2010. I have tried to ensure the accuracy of the information, but I am human and can make mistakes. If you believe I have made a mistake, please let me know by email at !

Many thanks!!!

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