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The original Ottawa Senators team was established in 1886. In the early days the team was also referred to as the Ottawa Silver Seven during which time teams played 7 men per side.
Senators organization made their NHL debut in the 1917/1918 season the team went on to 5 first place finishes in its first 7 years.
Due to the financial woes experienced by small market teams the Senators were forced to trade away star players such as Hooley Smith Ed Gorman Cy Denneny and Frank Nighbor to large market teams in the 1920s. Then in 1930 they traded away the biggest name of the bunch the legendary King Clancy to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Though during the roaring twenties the Ottawa Senators were one of the hottest team in the NHL winning the Stanley Cup four times by 1934 they could no longer compete with the ever expanding american markets and moved across the border to become the St. Lous Eagles.
After a 58-year absence in 1992 the NHL returned to Ottawa as the Senators were resurrected as an expansion team.
The modern day Senators Logo is a Roman Centurions head facing sideways with laurel leaves in a golden circle to the right and a red helmet with black wings on the left.
Their first season back in the NHL was not a pretty one for the Senators as they tied with the San Jose Sharks for the worst record in the league, winning only 10 games with 70 losses and 4 ties for total of 24 points.
The Senators poor preformance continued as they finished last overall for the next three seasons. The good news was that poor finishes resulted in good draft picks. Although their 1993 first overall draft pick Alexandre Daigle wound up being one of the greatest draft busts in NHL history,they chose Radek Bonk in 1994, Bryan Berard (who they traded for Wade Redden) in 1995, Chris Phillips in 1996, and Marian Hossa in 1997. This was the foundation for better years in the near future for the Senators.
1996 saw the emergence of a talented rookie from Sweden named Daniel Alfredsson, who would win the Calder Memorial Trophy as NHL Rookie of the Year that season.
New head coach Jacques Martin brought a strong defense first philosophy to the Senators, helping them qualify for the playoffs every season that he coached, but he was criticized for the teams lack of success in the playoffs, notably losing four straight series against the provincial rival Toronto Maple Leafs.
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