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A look back at the 2009-10 Senators season

by Staff Writer / Ottawa Senators
2009-10 SEASON RECAP:
  • The Senators regular-season record was 44-32-6 for 94 points.
  • The club was fifth in the Eastern Conference and second in the Northeast Division.
  • Forty-four wins marked the most victories since 2006-07; was the ninth 40-plus win season in franchise history.
  • The Senators were 26-11-4 at home; 26 wins at home marked just the fourth time in franchise history the team won that many games at home.
  • They went 18-21-2 on the road.
  • Thirty-five players participated in at least one game. Seventeen dressed for 60 games or more. Ten were recalled and/or re-assigned to Binghamton, the club’s American Hockey League affiliate.

2009-10 PLAYOFFS:
  • Made 12th playoff appearance in the last 13 seasons.
  • Lost to the Pittsburg Penguins 4-2 in the first round.

COACH CLOUSTON:
  • In first full season as Ottawa’s head coach, Cory Clouston posted a 44-32-6 record.
  • Since taking over as Ottawa’s head coach on Feb. 2, 2009, Clouston has a career NHL head coaching record of 63-43-10 (.586, 116 games).

SEASON BEST:
  • Mike Fisher established career highs in goals (25), assists (28) and points (53) this season. His 25 goals led the team.
  • Jarkko Ruutu set a career high with 12 goals and tied his career high (set in 2008-09) in assists (14). His 26 points were a career best.
  • Chris Kelly (15), Chris Phillips (8) and Anton Volchenkov (4) all tied career highs in goals.
  • Daniel Alfredsson’s 20 goals this season marked the 10th consecutive season he has scored at least 20.
  • Brian Elliott established new career highs in wins (29), shutouts (five), games played (55) and goals-against average (2.57). He recorded consecutive shutout victories for the first time in his career on March 22 at Montreal (2-0) and March 23 vs Philadelphia (2-0) and fell 9:31 shy of equalling Patrick Lalime’s franchise-best shutout streak of 184:06 (streak ended March 26 at Buffalo, 4-2 win).
  • Chris Phillips and Jarkko Ruutu were the only two members of the Senators who played in all 82 games this season.

SENATORS DEBUTS IN 2009-10 AND ALL-TIME SENATORS:

SENATORS ALL-TIME LEADERS:
  • Alfredsson holds the Senators' all-time lead in games played (1,002), goals (375), assists (617) and points (992).
  • Following Alfredsson in games played are Phillips (863), Wade Redden (838), Radek Bonk (689) and Fisher (620).
  • Neil leads in penalty minutes (1,473).

INJURY REPORT:
  • The Senators had 19 players miss 218 man-games to injury, not including two out with the flu.
  • Alex Kovalev suffered a left knee injury on April 8 in Tampa against the Lightning, missing the last game of the season and the playoffs. He will have surgery on a torn ACL on Tuesday, April 27.
  • Kuba underwent surgery on April 6 to correct a herniated disk in his back. He did not finish the regular season and did not participate in the playoffs.
  • Michalek suffered a torn ACL to his left knee in Game 1 of the playoffs against Pittsburgh on April 14. He will require surgery.

2010 OLYMPICS:
  • Six members of the Senators organization participated in the 2010 Winter Olympics: Alfredsson (Sweden), prospect Daugavins (Latvia), Kuba and Michalek (Czech Republic), Ruutu (Finland) and Volchenkov (Russia).
  • Ruutu won a bronze medal with Finland, his second Olympic medal after winning silver in 2006.

BINGHAMTON SENATORS:
  • Binghamton finished the season fifth in the AHL’s East Division with a 36-35-6-3 record and 81 points. They did not qualify for the AHL playoffs.
  • Team leaders: Goals – Ryan Keller (34); Assists – Martin St. Pierre (47); Points - St. Pierre (71); Penalty minutes – Tim Spencer (136); Goals-against average – Chris Holt (2.95).
  • Prospects update as of Monday, April 26 - PDF file.

2010 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP:
  • The 74th IIHF World Hockey Championship will be played for the sixth time in Germany. Sixteen teams will play a total of 56 games between May 7 and May 23.
  • Group A in Cologne: Russia, Belarus, Slovakia, Kazakhstan.
  • Group B in Mannheim: Canada, Switzerland, Latvia, Italy.
  • Group C in Mannheim: Sweden, Czech Republic, Norway, France.
  • Group D in Cologne: Finland, USA, Germany, Denmark.
  • Senators with world championship experience: Alfredsson (Sweden), Matt Cullen (USA), Daugavins (Latvia), Shean Donovan (Canada), Fisher (Canada), Foligno (USA), Kovalev (Russia), Kuba (Czech Republic), Pascal Leclaire (Canada), Michalek (Czech Republic), Phillips (Canada), Regin (Denmark), Ruutu (Finland), Spezza (Canada), Volchenkov (Russia).

2010 NHL ENTRY DRAFT:
  • The draft will take place in Los Angeles on Friday, June 26, and Saturday, June 27.
  • The Senators have the following selections: first round (own pick); third round (own pick); fourth round (own pick); sixth round (Dallas Stars’ pick acquired from San Jose Sharks); seventh round (own pick). The Senators do not have a second- or fifth-round pick in 2010.
  • Second round (Ottawa): Traded to Carolina. Carolina traded Matt Cullen to Ottawa on Feb. 12, 2010.in exchange for Alexandre Picard and Ottawa's second-round pick in 2010 entry draft.
  • Second round (from San Jose): Obtained from San Jose, but traded to New York Islanders. Ottawa traded Dany Heatley and Ottawa's fifth-round pick in to San Jose on Sept. 12, 2009, in exchange for Jonathan Cheechoo, Milan Michalek and San Jose's second-round pick in 2010 Draft. Ottawa traded second-round pick, obtained from San Jose, to the New York Islanders for Andy Sutton on March 2, 2010.
  • Fifth round: Ottawa traded Dany Heatley and Ottawa's fifth-round pick in 2010 to San Jose on Sept. 12, 2009, in exchange for Jonathan Cheechoo, Milan Michalek and San Jose's second-round pick in 2010 .
  • Sixth round: Ottawa's pick was traded to the Edmonton Oilers, but Ottawa acquired San Jose pick from Dallas. Edmonton traded pick  No. 191 in 2009 entry draft to Ottawa on June 27, 2009, in exchange for Ottawa’s sixth-round pick in 2010. Ottawa traded Alex Auld to Dallas on July 8, 2009, in exchange for San Jose’s sixth-round pick in 2010 (previously acquired by Dallas).

SENATORS 2010-11 SCHEDULES:
  • The Senators will participate in the NHL’s combine camp in Toronto from May 24 to May 29.
  • The Senators development camp will be held at Scotiabank Place and the Bell Sensplex from June 29 to July 5.
  • The Senators will participate in a rookie tournament. Details and teams have yet to be determined.
  • NHL training camps can open on Friday, Sept. 17.
  • The first pre-season games can take place on Sunday, Sept. 19.
  • The Senators will face the Buffalo Sabres in CBC’s Hockeyville on Tuesday, Sept. 28, at the J.L. Grightmire Market Street arena in Dundas, Ont. (Hamilton area)
  • The NHL 2010-11 season opens on Thursday, Oct. 7.
  • The NHL all-star break is from Jan. 27 to31. The all-star weekend will be in Raleigh, North Carolina.
  • The regular season ends Sunday, April 10.

PLAYERS UNDER CONTRACT FOR 2010-11 SEASON – 28:

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS – 9:
* player has the right to salary arbitration.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS – 11:
  • Drew Bannister, Mike Brodeur, Andy Chiodo, Cullen, Donovan, Hennessy, St. Pierre, Derek Smith, Andy Sutton, Volchenkov, Jeremy Yablonski.

UNSIGNED DRAFT PICKS – 14:

2012 NHL ALL-STAR GAME:
  • During the 2009-10 season, the Senators submitted a bid to the NHL to host the all-star weekend in January 2012. The bid is a joint effort co-ordinated by the Senators, and includes Ottawa Tourism, the National Capital Commission, Ottawa Convention Centre and the City of Ottawa. The Senators expect to get a response on this bid before the end of the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs.

SENATORS FANS AND THE COMMUNITY

MINOR HOCKEY, SCHOOL AND SPARTACAT REACH:
  • Minor hockey programs: More than 27,550 participants took part in
  • Senators minor hockey programs. This includes the the Bell Capital Cup, T.E.A.M., Future Sens, Coaches Clinic, Bell Sensplex Senators Hockey Programs, Girls Hockeyfest, Skills First and Scotia Skaters.
  • T.E.A.M. Hockey Country has 689 teams registered (approx. 11,000 players).
  • Bell Capital Cup had 500 teams, 8,000 participants (second largest in tournament's history). It also donated more than $2 million to minor hockey and children's charities across the region.
  • Sens@School has 779 classes registered. More than 20,000 students are impacted by the program. The Senators held its inaugural Sens@School Faceoff Fieldtrip, which saw more than 100 classes and 3,300 students and teachers visit Scotiabank Place on Oct. 19. Students were instructed about the game of hockey and watched the Senators practise.
  • Spartacat has made 250 community appearances to date this season.
  • Minor Hockey Week: The Senators participated in Minor Hockey Week from Nov. 7 to Nov. 14. In partnership with the two minor-hockey governing bodies in the National Capital Region — the Ottawa District Minor Hockey Association (ODMHA) and Hockey Outaouais — the club held its seventh annual Tim Hortons Coaches Clinic on Saturday, Nov. 7, and ODMHA Specialty Coaches Clinics on Thursday, Nov. 12.

FANS AND SEASON-SEAT HOLDER EVENTS:
  • The Senators held two First 500 Appreciation Luncheons for the first 500 season-seat holders who renewed their tickets for the 2009-10 season, from 2008-09. The event followed a Senators practice. The luncheon featured a panel discussion with Senators and NHL hockey executives and players.
  • The Senators had a total of six open practices, some combined with other events.
  • The Senators held two President’s Luncheons exclusively for season-seat holders.
  • The Senators hosted their sixth annual Canadian Forces Appreciation Night on Nov. 5 for more than 2,200 Canadian Forces members and their families. Canadian Forces Appreciation Night supporters provided more than 1,300 tickets, and another 900 were received from the Ottawa Senators Tickets for Troops campaign, a program through which Senators season-seat holders and employees donated their game seats to members of the Canadian Forces.
  • For the sixth consecutive year, owner Eugene Melnyk, in partnership with the Child and Youth Friendly Ottawa (CAYFO), hosted more than 100 children from Centennial Public School and Queen Elizabeth Public School at Scotiabank Place on Dec. 6 for the Melnyk Skate for Kids. Each participant received early Christmas presents, including a Senators jersey, a helmet, and a new pair of skates, all donated by Melnyk.
  • The Senators players visited the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and l'Hôpital de Gatineau on Tuesday, Dec. 15.
  • The club held its third Fan Forum on Dec. 16. Through the Senators website and Sens TV, fans directed questions to Melnyk, club president Cyril Leeder and general manager Bryan Murray. The second Fan Forum was held in September with Leeder, Murray and Pascal Leclaire.
  • 10th annual Hockey Day in Canada: Celebrated on Saturday, Jan. 30, the Senators held an open practice at the Bell Sensplex for fans. The Cumberland Jr. Grads minor bantam B team, winners of the Senators T.E.A.M. Hockey Country Hockey Day in Canada contest, took to the ice with Senators players. The players also received personalized Senators jerseys. The Senators alumni participated in a shinny game on the Rideau Canal Skateway. The City of Ottawa also hosted shinny games at its 236 city-approved outdoor rinks.
  • Sens Skills presented by Metro was held on Feb. 8 and had an attendance of 15,112. On behalf of Metro, the NHL and the NHLPA “Goals and Dreams Fund,” the Sens Foundation donated $100,000 to Easter Seals, Roger’s House and to local minor hockey organizations.

ATTENDANCE REPORT:
  • The Senators averaged 18,270 fans per game and had 12 sell-outs – 749,061 fans visited Scotiabank Place. This was approximately 4.5 per cent fewer fans than the 2008-09 season.
  • Attendance improved substantially in the second half of the season (17,899 first 21 games; 18,669 over last 20 games). Over the last 11 games of the regular season, the team averaged 19,447 fans per games, or 101 per cent of the 19,153 capacity.
  • The largest attendance of the regular season and playoffs was 20,500, which occurred on Saturday, Jan. 30, against the Canadiens and on Saturday, April 10, for Alfredsson’s 1,000th game celebration.
  • The club had 10,000 season-seats holders andranked 12th in the league in paid attendance.
  • The Senators experienced their best year for the leasing of corporate suites.
  • Scotiabank Place staged 31 concerts, and 26 family and other sporting events. It placed 41st out of 100 major arenss in concert tickets sold with 310,000.
  • The Senators are experiencing their strongest renewal for season seats in team history – 85 per cent of customers have already renewed for next year.
  • New sales for season seats are five times ahead of last year at this time.

SENATORS INTERNET AND SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE:
  • Facebook: The club’s Facebook page has more than 32,000 fans. The club interacts with fans daily on Facebook, posting updates on ticket specials, events, new Sens TV videos, NHL game notes, post-practice coach and player audio, as well as engaging fans in conversation about the club.
  • Twitter: The Senators’ Twitter account has more than 6,000 followers. Fans receive exclusive hockey updates, NHL game notes, post-practice and postgame coach and player audio, as well as real time, in-game updates — all are available as mobile updates as well.
  • Sens Central: The club's official fan site has 3,800 members. The site includes message boards, photo and video sharing, as well as club and fan blogs.
  • Mobile site: When accessing the Senators’ home website from any mobile device, fans are redirected to the official mobile site with stats, standings, photos, news etc. in mobile-friendly format.
  • Ottawasenators.com: Sens TV (video) and exclusive, real time content is central to the club's web strategy. The club is producing weekly, behind-the-scenes player videos, a weekly Sens Show and more live broadcasts such as season-seat holder events. Pre- and post-game emails are automatically sent to all ticket buyers with links to video, parking and restaurant information.

SENS FOUNDATION HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Bell Sens Golf Classic: Held on Sept. 11 at the Kanata Golf & Country Club, it raised $130,000 for CHEO and other local charities.
  • 24h Tremblant: The 24-hour ski relay from Dec. 11 to 13 contributed more than $330,000 to the Sens Foundation. Senators Chris Phillips and his wife, Erin, were key supporters.
  • Bell Sens Soirée: On Jan. 25 held at the Hilton Lac-Leamy in Gatineau, Que., the organization’s premier event raised $325,000. Funds are distributed to CHEO, CSSS de Gatineau, Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health, Queensway Carleton Hospital, Ottawa Rotary Home and Roger’s House.
  • Roger’s House Telethon: On March 16, the seventh annual Roger’s House Telethon presented by CNraised $606,183.
  • Ottawa Bear Hug: On May 7, more than15,000 students will lock arms along the Rideau Canal in an attempt to break a Guinness World Record for the longest hug. Nick Foligno is the official Bear Hug Captain. Foligno and the students have been collecting pledges to raise $500,000, all of which is earmarked for cancer-related healthcare needs.
  • Sens Foundation 50/50: The 50/50 program raised more than $1.2 million, its highest amount since the Stanley Cup run of 2007.Roger’s House contribution: Since opening its doors in May 2006, Roger’s House has provided close to 6,400 days of care to children and youth with progressive life-limiting illnesses. During the 2009-10 season as a result of event fundraising, successful community events and generous individual donations, the Sens Foundation contributed approximately half a million dollars to Roger’s House for operations and capital improvements. An additional $1 million was invested into two endowment funds.
  • Autographed merchandise: The foundation used more than 250 autographed items this year to raise funds, contribute to events and donate to children.
  • Total contribution: Since 1992, the foundation, together with the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club, its alumni, corporate partners and fans have raised more than $55 million in direct financial aid to organizations within the eastern Ontario and western Quebec regions that service children and youth in the areas of education, health, and recreation.
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