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Belleville Senators
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City: Belleville, Ontario
League: American Hockey League
Conference: Eastern
Division: TBD
Founded: 1972
Home Arena: CAA Arena
Owner(s): Eugene Melnyk
General Manager: Pierre Dorion
Head Coach: Troy Mann
Affiliates: Ottawa Senators (NHL)
Franchise history
1972–1992: New Haven Nighthawks
1992–1993: New Haven Senators
1993–1996: Prince Edward Island Senators
2002–2017: Binghamton Senators
2017–present: 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. For the 2020–21 season, the Senators temporarily relocated to the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa to share the facility with parent team during the COVID-19 pandemic.[1]

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

History[]

In July 2016, Broome County officials stated that the Ottawa Senators intend to relocate their franchise, then known as the Binghamton Senators, closer to the parent club in Canada for the 2017–18 season, but that the "AHL has committed to staying in Binghamton and Broome County" due to the B-Sens having three more years left on their lease as of 2017.[2] On September 26, 2016, Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk confirmed that he had purchased the Binghamton team and will be relocating it to become the Belleville Senators for the 2017–18 season.[3] 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.[4]

secondary logo 2018-19

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.[5] He was replaced by Troy Mann, the recently released coach of the Hershey Bears.[6] The team improved in the 2018–19 season, finishing fifth-place in the North Division behind the play of younger players Drake Batherson, Logan Brown, Rudolfs Balcers, and Erik Brannstrom.

Led by Josh Norris, Alex Formenton, and Drake Batherson, the B-Sens were leading the North Division when the 2019–20 AHL season was cancelled on May 11 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The team had amassed a 38–20–4–1 record and were the best road team in the league having won 23 games and a .790 road win percentage. The B-Sens' 234 goals were the most in the AHL.

The start for the following 2020–21 AHL season was delayed due to the ongoing pandemic. In December 2020, the Senators agreed to a seven-year lease extension with the city of Belleville through the 2026–27 AHL season.[7] In January 2021, the league announced a temporary realignment due to the pandemic border restrictions and the B-Sens were placed in an all-Canada division, but had no set start date due to venue usage and restrictions in the province of Ontario. The league eventually announced a start for the teams in Canada for one week after the rest of the league, but without any games initially scheduled in Ontario.[8] The Belleville Senators started on the road before announcing their home games would be played in Ottawa at the Canadian Tire Centre for the entire season.[1]

Broadcasting[]

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.

Season-by-season results[]

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
2019–20 63 38 20 4 1 81 .643 234 197 1st, North 2020 Season cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2020–21 35 18 16 1 0 37 .529 102 111 3rd, Canadian 2021 No playoffs were held
Totals 250 119 109 10 9 263 .526 758 802 No playoff appearances

Players[]

Current roster[]

Updated April 20, 2021.[9]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
50 Flag of Canada Andree, CedrickCedrick Andree

G L 21 2021 Ottawa, Ontario Belleville
48 Flag of Canada Aspirot, JonathanJonathan Aspirot

D L 22 2019 Mascouche, Quebec Ottawa
17 Flag of Canada Beaudin, J.C.J.C. Beaudin

C R 24 2019 Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, Quebec Ottawa
21 Flag of the United States Brown, LoganLogan Brown

C L 23 2018 Raleigh, North Carolina Ottawa
36 Flag of Canada Carrol, JoeJoe Carrol

LW L 20 2021 Carp, Ontario Belleville
19 Flag of Canada Cassels, ColeCole Cassels

C R 26 2020 Hartford, Connecticut Belleville
9 Flag of Canada Crookshank, AngusAngus Crookshank

LW L 21 2021 North Vancouver, British Columbia Belleville
7 Flag of Sweden Davidsson, JonathanJonathan Davidsson

RW R 24 2019 Tyresö, Sweden Ottawa
5 Flag of the United States Dougherty, JackJack Dougherty

D R 25 2019 Saint Paul, Minnesota Belleville
39 Flag of Canada Douglas, CurtisCurtis Douglas

C L 21 2021 Oakville, Ontario Belleville
2 Flag of the United States Fortunato, BrandonBrandon Fortunato

D L 25 2021 Albertson, New York Ottawa
30 Flag of Sweden Gustavsson, FilipFilip Gustavsson

G L 23 2018 Skellefteå, Sweden Ottawa
28 Flag of Canada Hoelscher, MitchellMitchell Hoelscher

C L 21 2021 Waterloo, Ontario Belleville
12 Flag of the United States Kastelic, MarkMark Kastelic

C R 22 2020 Phoenix, Arizona Ottawa
27 Flag of Canada Kelly, ParkerParker Kelly

C L 22 2018 Camrose, Alberta Ottawa
52 Flag of the United States Kopacka, JackJack Kopacka

LW L 23 2021 Metamora, Michigan Ottawa
16 Flag of the United States LaBate, JosephJoseph LaBate

C L 28 2018 Eagan, Minnesota Belleville
6 Flag of Canada Labrie, HubertHubert Labrie

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D L 30 2019 Victoriaville, Quebec Belleville
3 Flag of Canada LeBlanc, OlivierOlivier LeBlanc

D L 25 2021 Quebec, Quebec Belleville
18 Flag of Canada Magwood, ZachZach Magwood

C R 23 2020 Cambridge, Ontario Ottawa
31 Flag of Canada Mandolese, KevinKevin Mandolese

G L 20 2020 Montreal, Quebec Ottawa
20 Flag of Canada Peca, MatthewMatthew Peca

C L 28 2020 Petawawa, Ontario Ottawa
23 Flag of Canada Reinhardt, ColeCole Reinhardt

LW L 21 2021 Irricana, Alberta Ottawa
47 Flag of Canada Rippon, MerrickMerrick Rippon

D L 21 2021 Montreal, Quebec Belleville
40 Flag of Denmark Sogaard, MadsMads Sogaard

G L 20 2021 Aalborg, Denmark Ottawa
13 Flag of Russia Sokolov, EgorEgor Sokolov

LW R 21 2020 Yekaterinburg, Russia Ottawa
33 Flag of Finland Thomson, LassiLassi Thomson

D R 20 2020 Tampere, Finland Ottawa
25 Flag of Canada Williams, ColbyColby Williams

D R 26 2021 Regina, Saskatchewan Belleville

Team captains[]

Team scoring leaders[]

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game average;

Player Pos GP G A Pts P/G
Drake Batherson RW 103 38 78 116 1.13
Filip Chlapik C 146 37 51 88 0.60
Jordan Murray D 169 23 60 83 0.49
Jack Rodewald RW 127 37 35 72 0.57
Nick Paul LW 100 31 39 70 0.70
Logan Brown C 81 21 49 70 0.86
Rudolfs Balcers LW 76 33 34 67 0.88
Josh Norris C 56 31 30 61 1.09
Alex Formenton LW 63 27 26 53 0.84
Vitalii Abramov RW 69 22 26 48 0.70

Totals contain only games played for Belleville.

References[]

External links[]

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