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Ottawa Jr. Senators

The Ottawa Senators joined the Central Canada Hockey League in 1979. In 1982-83, the first-place Senators won their first of four championships. In 1992, the team added “Junior” to become the Junior Senators to prevent confusion with the Ottawa Senators, an expansion team in the National Hockey League in 1992-93. One of their most successful seasons came in 2001-02, when the 41-8-8 Junior Senators defeated the Cornwall Colts in five games in the league’s final, and went on to appear in the Royal Bank Cup in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Junior Senators were able to capture their third championship in 2001-02.

After appearing in the championship final for two consecutive years, but falling to the Carleton Place Canadians, the Junior Senators were finally able to conquer their arch nemesis who were once again favored to win it all. Ottawa surprised the hockey world by knocking out Carleton Place in five games. They then followed the act by claiming their first ever Fred Page Cup which earned them a trip to the Royal Bank Cup in Chilliwack, British Columbia where they lost in the semi-finals to the host Chiefs.

The Junior Senators have gone on to develop several collegiate players throughout the years, many of whom have gone on to accept NCAA scholarships and several more who have chosen to continue their hockey careers with Major Junior and CIS teams. Recenty graduated players include: Taylor Egan (Lakehead CIS), Geoff Dempster (Lakehead CIS), Adrian Bisson (Maine NCAA), Darcy Walsh (Robert Morris NCAA), Kyle Jackson (North Bay OHL), Ethan Manderville (Colgate NCAA), Noah Rowe (Royal Military College CIS), Alec Belanger (Ottawa OHL), Francis Boisvert (Saint Lawrence NCAA), Joe Alexander (Bowdoin NCAA), Zach Salloum (RIT NCAA), Chiwetin Blacksmith (Carleton CIS), Owen Guy (Lake Superior NCAA), Nick Lalonde (Robert Morris NCAA), Finn Evans (Princeton NCAA), Connor Hicks (Dalhousie CIS), Devon Daniels (Mercyhurst NCAA), Cameron White (St. Lawrence NCAA), Michael Thomas (Colby NCAA), Pierre-Luc Veillette (Lake Superior NCAA), Gabriel Morin (Concordia CIS), Isaac Anderson (Bryn Athyn, NCAA), Jaren Burke (RPI NCAA), Ian Andriano (RIT NCAA), Luke McCaw (Laurentian CIS), Merrick Rippon (Ottawa OHL), Thomas Stevenson (Windsor OHL), Sean Rappleyea (Alabama-Huntsville NCAA), Jim Pearson (Concordia NCAA), Jody Sullivan (Oswego NCAA), Robert Michel (Maine NCAA), Brandon Watt (Robert Morris NCAA), Alexandre Savard-Bélanger (Canisius NCAA), Shawn Lynch (Utica NCAA), Joey Champigny (Waterloo CIS), Ryan Collins (U-Mass-Lowell NCAA), and Joseph Shecter (Army NCAA).