OTTAWA – The Ottawa Senators (@Senators) announced today that former Senators captain Laurie Boschman has been named the new president of the Ottawa Senators Alumni. Boschman was the franchise’s first team captain, recording nine goals and 16 points in 70 games during Ottawa’s inaugural 1992-93 season.
“Ottawa has meant so much to me over my life as both a National Hockey League player and former player,” said Boschman. “It is incredibly rewarding to have the opportunity to give back to this community and I want to thank both outgoing president Brad Marsh for all the hard work he put in to growing this team and the Sens alumni for providing me with the opportunity to lead this group moving forward.”
In his first official duty as president of the Senators alumni, Boschman, accompanied by his wife Andrea, will act as the honourary marshall of the Help Santa Toy Parade, which will take place on Saturday, Nov. 21, at 11 a.m. in downtown Ottawa, beginning at the intersection of Wellington Street and Portage bridge. Parade-goers are encouraged to bring new unwrapped toys along with cash donations for Ottawa fire fighters to collect along the parade route.
“We are thrilled to name Laurie as the new president of the Senators Alumni,” said Senators director of fan and community development, Aaron Robinson. “It is an exciting time for our alumni. As the franchise matures, more and more of our former players are returning to give back to the region that was so good to them as players. We know that Laurie will provide great leadership to this group, which will continue to make a positive impact on our community.”
Boschman replaces former president Brad Marsh, who vacated the alumni presidency this past summer as he moved away from the city to be closer to his family. Following his departure, the Senators Alumni board nominated and voted Boschman to succeed Marsh in the alumni president’s role.
This past year, the Senators Alumni, which has more than 50 active members, has added former Sens players Radek Bonk, Denis Hamel, Randy Robitaille and Brad Smyth to the their roster. Each of those players has returned to the National Capital Region with their families after concluding their playing careers.
Bonk, Hamel and Smyth all played in the alumni’s first game when they took on the Richmond-Munster Minor Hockey coaches on Nov. 7 in support of Richmond-Munster Minor Hockey.
The next Alumni charity game is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 22, at 3 p.m. at the Osgoode Arena, when the Senators Alumni will take on the Osgoode-Rideau Minor Hockey Association coaches in support of the Osgoode-Rideau Minor Hockey Association.
About the Ottawa Senators Alumni
In 1992 following the return of the Senators to Ottawa, the Senators Alumni was formed, comprised mainly of former NHL and professional hockey players who returned to reside in the National Capital Region. Since then, retired Senators players who have remained in Ottawa-Gatineau following their playing days have also joined the Senators Alumni to assist in the club’s efforts in improving life in the eastern Ontario and western Quebec. Today, more than 50 former Senators and professional hockey players make up the Ottawa Senators Alumni, a registered not-for-profit organization which participates in hockey games and hosts various events respectively over the course of the season in support of charities and minor hockey associations throughout eastern Ontario and western Quebec.
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