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A native son of Ottawa, Nicolas was born at the General Hospital when it was still on Sussex Drive and attended Manor Park Public School, Saint Brigid Elementary, Immaculata High School and graduated from the University of Ottawa. His wide array of personal and business experience has allowed him to live and work in Slovakia (where he followed Slovan Bratislava), France and the United States.

Nicolas left Ottawa to become managing director of Publicis Consultants - France's second largest communications consultancy. There he led the largest digital content marketing and social media engagement practice in Paris. Nicolas allies world-class international experience with a deeply rooted connection to the nation's capital.

A fluently bilingual executive, he served as senior vice-president, senior partner and general manager of FleishmanHillard Ottawa, and vice -president, communications and external relations at The Ottawa Hospital prior to leaving Canada for France and the United States.

Ruszkowski's knowledge and experience in Ottawa is deep and varied; he also spent time as the communications director for the Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada and as the communications director to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons. While at The Ottawa Hospital, he served on the hospital's Community Advisory Board and on the Board of his son's daycare.

A bilingual native of Windsor, Ont., Deziel has been a leading marketing professional in Ottawa since moving here to pursue a Bachelor's Degree in International Business at Carleton University in 1995.

An entrepreneur at heart, Deziel has built and managed several businesses in marketing, tourism and professional services. She has long-standing roots with the Senators, having been both a season-seat member and suite owner with the Senators. Prior to her time with Momentous, Deziel also spent time with 76Design / Thornley Fallis Communications as its vice-president and has experience in professional sport as the marketing lead for the Ottawa Rapidz minor league baseball team.

In her spare time, Deziel operates a charity that improves access to essential veterinary services for economically disadvantaged pet owners.

An Ottawa native, Dorion spent the previous two-plus seasons as one of two assistant general managers with the Senators after being promoted to the role on Jan. 13, 2014. Prior to his being named assistant general manager, he spent four-plus seasons as the team's director of player personnel. He also served two seasons as the Senators' chief amateur scout after originally being hired by the club in July, 2007. 

In addition to his primary function of leading the day-to-day hockey operations' component of the club, Dorion is also responsible for overseeing the Senators scouting staff, both professional and amateur, while managing all facets of evaluation for players both inside and outside of the organization, across all levels of hockey. He also remains responsible for contract negotiation for NHL and AHL restricted and unrestricted free agents.

The 2018-19 season will serve as Dorion's 25th consecutive in the NHL after also spending two seasons as an amateur scout for the New York Rangers and 11 seasons as an amateur scouting coordinator and as chief scout with the Montreal Canadiens following his hiring by the club in 1994.

Pierre lives in Orleans and has two children, a daughter, Vanessa and a son, Antoine.

An Ottawa native, MacTavish joined the Senators after spending time as a labour and employment partner in the Ottawa office of global law firm, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP. He has been involved in the player representation industry for the past 15 years, most recently with CAA Hockey, where he assisted with player recruitment, player management and contract negotiations. As assistant general manager, MacTavish will be responsible for contracts, salary arbitration and managerial support of hockey operations with the Senators and with the team's American Hockey League affiliate in Belleville, Ont.

A graduate of Queen's University, MacTavish obtained an honours bachelor of science degree in 1997, before obtaining a law degree at the University of Ottawa in 2002.

Peter and his wife, Melanie, live in Ottawa with their four children, Emma, Matthew, Grace and Ryan.

  

She began her career as part of the Terrace group that brought the Senators back to Ottawa in the early 1990's. Vaughan has worked in the hockey department and for the general manager for the duration of her tenure with the Senators and currently oversees the day-to-day logistics and administration of the office, contracts and scouting staff.

Allison and her husband, Danny, reside in Almonte, Ont., with their two sons, Richard and Joseph.

 

Donovan, who retired as a player following his third season with the Senators in 2009-10, works primarily alongside members of the team's management group in overseeing the progress of prospects throughout the Senators organizational system. He also serves in an advisory role to members of the Ottawa and Belleville Senators' coaching staffs in addition to the staff of the club's ECHL affiliate in Brampton, Ont.

A veteran of 15 NHL seasons, Donovan played in 951 career regular-season games with the San Jose Sharks, Colorado Avalanche, Atlanta Thrashers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Calgary Flames, Boston Bruins and the Senators, recording 241 points (112 goals, 129 assists) and 705 penalty minutes. He also registered 12 points (six goals, six assists) and 39 penalty minutes over the span of 49 career NHL playoff games, giving him an exact total of 1,000 NHL appearances for his career. Of Donovan's 12 post-season points, 10 (five goals, five assists) were earned while helping the Flames reach the seventh game of the 2004 Stanley Cup Final, where the club was ultimately defeated by the Tampa Bay Lightning. He played in each of Calgary's 24 playoff games that spring.

San Jose's second pick (28th overall) in the 1993 NHL Draft, Donovan spent his entire major junior career with the Ottawa 67's. He earned a gold medal while representing Canada at the 1995 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in Red Deer, Alta., before later winning a gold medal at the 1997 IIHF World Hockey Championship in Finland.

Shean and his wife, Trie, live in Kanata with their three children, Jorian, Rylan and Trinity.

COACHES

 

Marc Crawford enters his third season as a member of the Senators coaching staff in 2018-19 after being named the team's associate coach on May 9, 2016. With 17 seasons of National Hockey League coaching experience, he has served as an NHL head coach for 1,151 games.

With 15 seasons of National Hockey League coaching experience, he has served as an NHL head coach for 1,151 games.

Crawford's hiring in Ottawa marks a return to North America after spending the last four seasons as the head coach of the National League A's Zurich Lions in Switzerland. While with the Lions, he earned a record of 125-47-28 over 200 regular-season contests and helped the team capture the league championship following both the 2013-14 and 2015-16 seasons.    

A native of Belleville, Ont., Crawford began his head coaching career with the Ontario Hockey League's Cornwall Royals in 1989. After two seasons as head coach of the Royals, he was hired by the Toronto Maple Leafs to serve as the head coach of the team's American Hockey League affiliate, the St. John's Maple Leafs, beginning in 1991. He was recognized with the AHL's Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as the League's Coach of the Year following the 1992-93 campaign with St. John's. In three seasons behind the Maple Leafs' bench, his teams advanced to a minimum of the second round of the Calder Cup Playoffs, which also included an appearance in the Calder Cup Finals in his inaugural season of 1991-92.

Crawford began his NHL head coaching career with the Quebec Nordiques in 1994-95. In his lone season in Quebec, prior to the team's relocation to Denver, Crawford was recognized with the Jack Adams Award after leading the Nordiques to a record of 30-13-5 over a 48-game lockout-shortened season. The following year, the club's first as the Colorado Avalanche, he guided the team to a record of 47-25-10 and an eventual Stanley Cup championship. Ahead of the 2016-17 NHL season, Crawford ranks 18th among all-time NHL head coaches after accumulating 549 victories (and an overall head coaching record of 549-421-103-78) with Quebec, Colorado, the Vancouver Canucks, Los Angeles Kings and Dallas Stars. He remains first among Canucks' all-time coaches in wins having amassed 246 victories over seven seasons in Vancouver.

Internationally, he served as the head coach for Team Canada at the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan, where he helped the team finish first in its pool before falling to the eventual gold medalist Czech Republic in the semifinals. Two years prior to that, he was an assistant coach with Canada at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey.

As a player, Crawford was selected in the fourth round (70th overall) by the Canucks in the 1980 NHL Draft and appeared in 176 NHL games with Vancouver, registering 50 points (19 goals, 31 assists) and 229 penalty minutes. His professional playing career also included stops with the Central Hockey League's Dallas Black Hawks, the American Hockey League's Fredericton Express and the International Hockey League's Milwaukee Admirals.

Marc and his wife, Helene, reside in Cornwall, Ont., and have two children, Dylan and Kaitlin.

 

Rob Cookson begins his third season as an assistant coach with the Senators in 2018-19 after being appointed to head coach Guy Boucher's staff on June 15, 2016. He joined the club while having previous work experience with both Boucher and associate coach Marc Crawford.

A native of Lacombe, Alta., Cookson was a member of Boucher's staff at the 2015 Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland, where he helped Team Canada win its 13th gold medal at the annual tournament. He has spent the past four seasons as an assistant to Crawford with the Zurich Lions of Switzerland's Swiss-A League where he contributed to the team's success as league champions in both the 2013-14 and 2015-16 seasons. The team concluded each of his last three seasons with the Swiss league's best regular season record. Cookson worked most recently with a National Hockey League club when he spent 11 seasons as a member of the Calgary Flames' coaching staff from 2001-02 to 2010-11, which included the team's appearance in the 2004 Stanley Cup Final. Prior to joining the Flames, he spent three seasons as video coach with the Philadelphia Flyers.

 

Cookson began his career with the Canadian National Team (now Hockey Canada) as manager of video production in 1991 where he assisted the Canadian Hockey program (men's, women's and junior) with video scouting and analysis. He served as video coach for the Canadian Men's Olympic Team at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, the U-20 World Junior Championship in Red Deer, Alta., (where he helped the team earn a gold medal), and at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, before becoming an assistant coach with Team Canada where he also won gold medals at the 1996, 1997 and 2005 U-20 World Junior Championship, in addition to at the 1997 and 2003 World Hockey Championship.

 

Rob and his wife, Shirley, split the off-season by spending time in Calgary and in the state of Montana. 

 

Chris Kelly begins his first season as a member of the Senators hockey management staff in 2018-19 after being hired by the club on Sept. 4, 2018. Kelly, who retired as a player after spending time with both the American Hockey League's Belleville Senators and the National Hockey League's Anaheim Ducks in 2017-18, will work alongside members of the team's management group in overseeing the progress of prospects throughout the Senators organizational system. He will also serve in an advisory role to members of the Ottawa and Belleville coaching staffs in addition to the staff of the club's ECHL affiliate in Brampton, Ont.

A veteran of 14 NHL seasons, eight of which were spent in Ottawa, Kelly played in 845 career regular-season games with the Boston Bruins, the Ducks and the Senators, recording 291 points (123 goals, 168 assists) and 417 penalty minutes. He also registered 32 points (12 goals, 20 assists) and 37 penalty minutes over 92 career NHL playoff games. A member of the only Senators team to reach the Stanley Cup Final (in 2007), Kelly was also recently a member of the Senators team which reached the seventh game of the 2017 Eastern Conference Final, where the club was ultimately defeated by the Pittsburgh Penguins. A Stanley Cup winner with Boston in 2011, Kelly appeared in each of the Bruins' 25 playoff games that spring and ranked sixth in team scoring with 14 points (five goals, nine assists).

The Senators' third pick (94th overall) in the 1999 NHL Draft, Kelly spent the majority of his major junior career with the Ontario Hockey League's London Knights, where he was the team's captain in 2000-01 ahead of being traded to Sudbury. Kelly served as an alternate captain in earning a gold medal while representing Canada at the 2017 Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland, before later winning a bronze medal with Canada, and while serving as team captain, at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea.

Chris and his wife, Krissy, live in Barrhaven with their three children, Rylan and Trinity.

 

Martin Raymond begins his third season as an assistant coach with the Senators in 2018-19 after being appointed to head coach Guy Boucher's staff on July 22, 2016. 

A native of Pierrefonds, Que., Raymond worked previously with Boucher as an assistant coach with the American Hockey League's Hamilton Bulldogs in 2009-10 and also held the same role with the Tampa Bay Lightning throughout Boucher's tenure with the club. Most recently, he served as the head coach of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's Drummondville Voltigeurs where he led the team to a record of 82-71-8 over 161 contests in two-plus seasons.

 

Raymond began his coaching career with the McGill University Redmen in 1993 and spent 14 seasons as the team's head coach where he posted a 293-192-35 record. He was recognized as the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) East coach of the year on four occasions, and in 2005-06, merited national coach of the year honours in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). In 2008, he helped the Redmen capture the Queen's Cup as OUA conference champion for the first time since 1946. He also played five seasons at McGill and recorded 253 points (109 goals, 144 assists) over 154 career games. A three-time OUA all-star, he earned All-Canadian status following his final season of 1991-92, in which he was the team's captain, before being named McGill's male athlete of the year and the team's most valuable player at season's end. He completed a Masters degree in physical education at McGill in 1996 and was inducted to the McGill Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.

 

Internationally, Raymond most recently served as an assistant coach with Team Canada at the 2015 U-20 World Junior Championship, where he helped the team win a gold medal.

 

Martin and his wife, Christine, make their off-season home in St-Basile-Le-Grand, Que., and have two sons, Philippe and Antoine.

 

Pierre Groulx continues his second tenure with the team's coaching staff in 2018-19 after returning to the Senators as goaltending coach on June 17, 2016.  

Groulx, who was born in Hull, Que., before moving to Orleans as a child, spent the 2015-16 season as goaltending coach with the Florida Panthers' American Hockey League affiliate, the Portland Pirates. He has worked previously with three National Hockey League organizations, including the Senators, with whom he began his NHL career as the team's video coach in 2000. He originally started his coaching career with the Central Canada Hockey League's Cumberland Jr. A Grads before joining the Senators.

 

After five seasons in Ottawa, Groulx spent the next four campaigns with the Panthers after being hired by Florida in 2005. It was with the Panthers where he was instrumental in Senators goaltender Craig Anderson's development from a back-up goaltender to number one status while also working with prospect goaltenders in Florida's system. After departing the Panthers following the 2008-09 season, Groulx was hired by the Montreal Canadiens in July of 2009 and spent four seasons with the club as goaltending coach where he played an integral role in helping the Canadiens reach the 2010 Eastern Conference Final on the strength of exceptional netminding from Jaroslav Halak.

 

Groulx has experience working internationally in having been a member of Team Canada's coaching staff at the 2005 World Hockey Championship in Austria and also spent one season with EHC Munich Red Bull of the Deutsche (Germany) Eishockey Liga (DEL) in 2013-14. He spent the 2014-15 season with Florida's AHL affiliate in San Antonio before its move to Portland.

 

A strong supporter of Autism awareness programs, Pierre and his wife, Wendy, live in Carleton Place with their twin boys, Leo and Eli. In the summer months, he hosts his annual goaltending camp (PG's Goalies) at the University of Ottawa.   

 

 

Kristopher Young enters his third season with the Senators in 2018-19 after being hired as the team's video coach on June 18, 2016. 

A native of South Porcupine, Ont., Young worked most recently for the Ontario Hockey League's Hamilton Bulldogs where he served as video coach and director of marketing. As video coach, he was responsible for analytical research coordination pertaining to the Bulldogs while assisting with the pre-scout of their opponents. 

 

In conjunction with his time at the Bulldogs, Young has also served as video coach for Hockey Canada's National Women's Teams since 2011 and helped Team Canada earn a gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, in addition to winning a silver medal at the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey Women's World Championship in Ottawa. He was also the recipient of a gold medal after working with Team Canada at the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women's World Championship in Finland.

 

Prior to working with Hockey Canada, Young worked as video coach with the American Hockey League's version of the Bulldogs from 2006 to 2010 where he helped Hamilton win the Calder Cup in 2007 before working alongside Senators head coach Guy Boucher with the club during the 2009-10 season.

 

Kristopher and his wife, Sonia, make their off-season home in Hamilton, Ont., and have two sons, Oliver and Braydon.

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