The Ottawa Senators joined the Central Canada Hockey League in 1979. In 1982-83, the first-place Senators won their first of three 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. The Junior Senators were able to capture their last of three championships in 2001-02. Since then, Ottawa has appeared in the playoffs several times but they have not been able to advance to the final series, losing in the semi-finals in 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Their last three semi-final defeats came in a decisive Game 7.
The Junior Senators have gone on to develop several collegiate players throughout the years, many of whom have gone on to accept NCAA and ECAA scholarships and several more who have chosen to continue their hockey careers with Major Junior and CIS teams. Recenty graduated players include: Jaren Burke (RPI NCAA), Ian Andriano (RIT NCAA), Luke McCaw (Laurentian CIS), Merrick Rippon (Mississauga OHL), Thomas Stevenson (Windsor OHL), Sean Rappleyea (Alabama-Huntsville), Jim Pearson (Concordia), Jody Sullivan (Oswego), Robert Michel (Maine), Brandon Watt (Robert Morris), Alexandre Savard-Bélanger (Canisius), Shawn Lynch (Utica), Joey Champigny (Waterloo), Ryan Collins (U-Mass-Lowell), Joseph Shecter (Army),Michael Evelyn (Dalhousie), Déric Boudreau (Royal Military College), Matthew Dupont (Laurier), Michael Martin (Elmira), Ben Robillard (Robert Morris), Owen Werthner (Carleton), Derek Brown (Carleton), Paul Landry (Ottawa), Josh Pitt (Western Michigan), Devon Rice (Geneseo), Kevin Ryder (Amherst College), Liam Burtt (Elmira), Ed Zdolshek (Nazareth), Maxime Pilon (Moncton), Niels-Erik Ravn (Lake Superior State) David Walters (Plymouth State) Patrick Burns (Ottawa) Matt White (Ottawa), Aaron MacLeod (Bemidji State), and Jonathan Grandinetti (New England).