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The All-Time 7: TSN's Ottawa Senators All-Time Team

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Sr. Managing Editor of Hockey


TSN Hockey presents the All-Time 7 Project. We are naming all-time teams - 21 players, a head coach and GM - for each of the seven Canadian NHL clubs. Today, we continue with the Ottawa Senators.

Separated by nearly six full decades, the original Ottawa Senators (1917-34) and their distant cousins (1992-2020) are reunited on TSN’s All-Time Team.

And the result is a team featuring stars, superstars and three giants: Cy Denneny, Daniel Alfredsson and Erik Karlsson.

Denneny was one of the NHL’s first faces of the game – making a seismic impact from the league’s inaugural season in 1917-18. Denneny left the Senators after 11 seasons as the NHL’s all-time leading goal-scorer (246) and point-producer (333).

Alfredsson fashioned a brilliant career over 17 seasons, establishing franchise highs in goals (426), assists (682) and points (1,108). No other Sen is within 400 points of him.

Karlsson is the runaway leader in team defenceman goals (126), points (518) and individual honours (six): four berths on the first all-star team and two Norris Trophies.

The trio is not alone in Senators’ history, of course, but they cast long shadows – as do the original Senators.

They have a proud history, winning three Stanley Cups before formation of the NHL and another four over an eight-year period (1920-27,) becoming the league’s first dynasty.

The Senators earned the title of Canada’s greatest team of the first half of the 20th century.

It also earned five members of the early Sens – all of them eventual Hall of Famers – membership on the all-time team – goalie Alec Connell, defencemen King Clancy and George Boucher, left winger Denneny and centre Frank Nighbor.

The Senators’ franchise moved to St. Louis in 1934 and a glorious era in Ottawa hockey was over.



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