Belleville Senators

The Belleville Senators are a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League (AHL) that began play in the 2017–18 season as the top minor league affiliate of the National Hockey League team, the Ottawa Senators. Based in Belleville, Ontario, Canada, the Senators play their home games at CAA Arena.

Belleville Senators
2019–20 AHL season
Belleville Senators logo.svg
CityBelleville, Ontario
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
ConferenceEastern
DivisionNorth
Founded1972
Home arenaCAA Arena
ColoursRed, black, white
              
Owner(s)Eugene Melnyk
General managerVacant
Head coachTroy Mann
MediaAHL.TV (Internet)
AffiliatesOttawa Senators (NHL)
Brampton Beast (ECHL)
WebsiteOfficial website
Franchise history
1972–1992New Haven Nighthawks
1992–1993New Haven Senators
1993–1996Prince Edward Island Senators
2002–2017Binghamton Senators
2017–presentBelleville Senators

The franchise was previously based out of Binghamton, New York, as the Binghamton Senators.

HistoryEdit

In July 2016, Broome County officials stated that the Ottawa Senators intended to relocate their franchise, then known as the Binghamton Senators, closer to the parent club for the 2017–18 season despite still having three more years on their lease.[1] On September 26, 2016, Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk confirmed that he had purchased the Binghamton team and would be relocating it to become the Belleville Senators for the 2017–18 season with the Binghamton Devils eventually announced to be taking over their lease.[2] In order to accommodate an AHL team, the City of Belleville approved more than $20 million in upgrades to Yardmen Arena once the Senators agreed to an eight-year lease.[3]

The Senators kept Kurt Kleinendorst as head coach for the franchise's inaugural season in Belleville, but after a 29–42–2–3 record and missing the playoffs, his contract was not renewed.[4] He was replaced by Troy Mann, the recently released coach of the Hershey Bears.[5] The improved in the 2018–19 season, ending to the fifth-place position in the North Division, with the play of younger players Drake Batherson, Logan Brown, Rudolfs Balcers, and Erik Brannstrom late in the season.

Season-by-season resultsEdit

Calder Cup Champions Conference Champions Division Champions League Leader
Regular season Playoffs
Season Games Won Lost OTL SOL Points PCT Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing Year 1st
round
2nd
round
3rd
round
Finals
2017–18 76 29 42 2 3 63 .414 194 266 6th, North 2018 Did not qualify
2018–19 76 37 31 3 5 82 .539 228 228 5th, North 2019 Did not qualify
Totals 152 66 73 5 8 145 .477 422 494 0 playoff appearances

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

Updated January 18, 2020.[6]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
11   Vitalii Abramov RW L 21 2019 Chelyabinsk, Russia Ottawa
48   Jonathan Aspirot D L 20 2019 Mascouche, Quebec Belleville
38   Rudolfs Balcers LW L 22 2018 Liepāja, Latvia Ottawa
19   Drake Batherson C R 21 2018 Fort Wayne, Indiana Ottawa
17   J.C. Beaudin C R 22 2019 Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, Quebec Ottawa
26   Erik Brannstrom D L 20 2019 Eksjö, Sweden Ottawa
22   Logan Brown C L 21 2018 Raleigh, North Carolina Ottawa
8   Michael Carcone LW L 23 2019 Ajax, Ontario Ottawa
14   Filip Chlapik C L 22 2017 Prague, Czech Republic Ottawa
23   Chris Clapperton LW L 25 2019 Chandler, Quebec Belleville
20   Frank Corrado D R 26 2019 Woodbridge, Ontario Belleville
35   Joey Daccord G L 23 2019 North Andover, Massachusetts Ottawa
7   Jonathan Davidsson RW R 22 2019 Tyresö, Sweden Ottawa
5   Jack Dougherty D R 23 2019 Saint Paul, Minnesota Belleville
6   Andreas Englund D L 24 2017 Stockholm, Sweden Ottawa
10   Alex Formenton LW L 20 2017 Barrie, Ontario Ottawa
30   Filip Gustavsson G L 21 2018 Skellefteå, Sweden Ottawa
15   Christian Jaros D R 23 2017 Kosice, Slovakia Ottawa
47   Parker Kelly C L 20 2018 Camrose, Alberta Ottawa
18   Morgan Klimchuk (A) LW L 24 2019 Regina, Saskatchewan Ottawa
16   Joseph LaBate LW L 26 2018 Eagan, Minnesota Belleville
32   Hubert Labrie (A) D L 28 2019 Victoriaville, Quebec Belleville
27   Max Lajoie D L 22 2017 Quebec City, Quebec Ottawa
4   Jordan Murray D L 27 2017 Riverview, New Brunswick Belleville
9   Josh Norris C L 20 2019 Oxford, Michigan Ottawa
28   Stuart Percy   D L 25 2019 Oakville, Ontario Belleville
37   Jordan Szwarz (C  RW R 28 2019 Burlington, Ontario Ottawa
12   Nathan Todd C R 24 2020 Kemptville, Ontario Belleville
25   Max Veronneau RW R 24 2019 Ottawa, Ontario Ottawa

Team captainsEdit

BroadcastingEdit

The official broadcasting partner of the Belleville Senators is radio station 800 CJBQ. Commentators David Foot and Jack Miller cover all games. David Foot also has a weekly podcast featuring news on the Belleville Senators and the AHL.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Binghamton Sens moving north to Belleville say Broome County officials". Ottawa Citizen. July 9, 2016.
  2. ^ "Sens Owner Purchases AHL Team Partners W/ Belleville". Ottawa Senators. September 26, 2016.
  3. ^ "Ottawa Senators finalize deal to move AHL team to Belleville from Binghamton". Ottawa Sun. September 26, 2016.
  4. ^ "REPORT: Coach K out as Belleville Senators bench boss". Belleville Intelligencer. May 1, 2018.
  5. ^ "Troy Mann named second head coach in franchise history". Belleville Senators. June 25, 2018.
  6. ^ "Belleville Senators current roster". American Hockey League. Retrieved December 9, 2019.

External linksEdit