Captains


A renowned list of players has donned the 'C' while wearing the Senators jersey. These players were recognized as the face of the Ottawa Senators franchise and led theirs teams on the ice, were the voice in the dressing room and represented the team in community. These players include the NHL's current longest serving captain and 5 captains that were born in Canada.

 

Laurie BoschmanLaurie Boschman1992-1993


Boschman started his career off with two stellar seasons with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL. Those two seasons with Brandon helped him to get drafted 9th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft, considered by many hockey experts to be the most productive NHL draft of all-time.

In 1992 Boschman was claimed in the 1992 NHL Expansion Draft by the Ottawa Senators. He was the team's first captain during the team's first season. Boschman retired after that 1992–93 season.

Mark LambMark Lamb1993-1994


Lamb was drafted 72nd overall in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft by the Calgary Flames. Lamb would go on to play just one game for the Flames before signing with the Detroit Red Wings in 1986. Lamb was claimed by the Edmonton Oilers in 1987 where he spent a total of five seasons, winning the Stanley Cup with them in 1990. Lamb was then claimed in the 1992 NHL Expansion Draft by the Ottawa Senators and served as the team's co-captain alongside Brad Shaw during the 1993–94 NHL season.

Brad ShawBrad Shaw1993-1994


Shaw was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings 86th overall during the 1982 NHL Entry Draft. He played Junior Hockey for the Ottawa 67's of the Ontario Hockey League, and professional hockey for the Hartford Whalers, Ottawa Senators, Washington Capitals, and St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League.

After retiring as a player from professional hockey, Shaw served as an assistant coach for the Detroit Vipers of the IHL, Springfield Falcons and Cincinnati Mighty Ducks of the American Hockey League, and Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League, as well as head coach for the New York Islanders for part of the 2005–2006 season.

Gord DineenGord Dineen1993-1994


Dineen played his major junior hockey for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League. He was drafted by the New York Islanders with the forty-second pick in the 1981 NHL draft. His brothers Kevin and Peter were also NHL players.

Dineen, a tough-checking defenceman, made his NHL debut in the 1982–83 season when he played 2 games for the New York Islanders. He played a total of 528 games in his career, for the Islanders, the Minnesota North Stars, Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators, where he was a team captain during the 1993–94 season. Dineen received a Stanley Cup ring with Pittsburgh in 1991.

Randy CunneyworthRandy Cunneyworth1994-1998


Cunneyworth started out his hockey career in the OHL with the Ottawa 67's. In only his second year in the OHL, Cunneyworth tallied up 128 points in only 67-games. He was drafted in the 8th round by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft.

Cunneyworth gained a reputation for being a tough player who could hit, take a hit, and still win the game. He played several seasons as Captain for the NHL's Ottawa Senators, before returning to the Buffalo Sabres Organization, playing 17 games, 3 of which in the Stanley Cup Finals versus the Dallas Stars.

Alexei YashinAlexei Yashin1998-1999


Yashin received his initial fame for being the first draft pick in the history of the expansion Ottawa Senators (2nd overall in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft). After remaining in Russia for the 1992–93 season with the Dynamo Moscow, Yashin arrived in Ottawa for the 1993–94 NHL season, Yashin emerged as the team's brightest young star, scoring 79 points in his rookie season and earning a nomination for the Calder Trophy.

Yashin was named team captain of the Senators at the pinnacle of his in the 1998–99 season when he scored 94 points. At the conclusion of the season, Yashin was runner-up for both the Hart Trophy for the NHL's most valuable player, as well as being named an NHL Second Team All-Star.

Daniel AlfredssonDaniel Alfredsson1999-Present


Drafted 133rd overall in the sixth round in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, Alfredsson was an unexpected pick by the Senators. He had been overlooked by many NHL scouts, but Ottawa's front office saw the potential and pushed for his selection.

Alfredsson would go on to win the Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year in his first NHL season in 1995–96 and was the Senators' representative at the NHL All-Star Game. In 1996–97, he improved on his rookie totals and played in the All-Star Game again. He finished second in team scoring, contributing to the Senators' first modern playoff qualification.

During the 1999-2000 season, Alfredsson was named captain of the Senators after Alexei Yashin was stripped of the captaincy. On 8 July 2009, Alfredsson became the longest serving active captain in the NHL.

 


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