Belleville Senators

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Belleville Senators
Hockey current event.svg 2021–22 AHL season
Belleville Senators logo.svg
City Belleville, Ontario
League American Hockey League
ConferenceEastern
DivisionNorth
Founded 1972
Home arena CAA Arena
ColoursRed, black, white
   
Owner(s) Eugene Melnyk
General manager Pierre Dorion
Head coach Troy Mann
MediaAHL.TV (Internet)
CJBQ
Affiliates Ottawa Senators (NHL)
Atlanta Gladiators (ECHL)
Website Official website
Franchise history
1972–1992 New Haven Nighthawks
1992–1993 New Haven Senators
1993–1996 Prince Edward Island Senators
2002–2017 Binghamton Senators
2017–presentBelleville Senators
Championships
Division Championships1 (2019–20)

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

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History

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 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. [6] 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. [7] 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. [8]

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 championsDivision championsLeague leader
Regular seasonPlayoffs
SeasonGamesWonLostOTLSOLPointsPCTGoals
for
Goals
against
StandingYear1st
round
2nd
round
3rd
round
Finals
2017–18 7629422363.4141942666th, North 2018 Did not qualify
2018–19 7637313582.5392282285th, North 2019 Did not qualify
2019–20 6338204181.6432341971st, North2020Season cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2020–21 3518161037.5291021113rd, Canadian2021No playoffs were held
Totals250119109109263.526758802No playoff appearances

Players

Current roster

Updated August 21, 2021. [9]

# Nat Player Pos S/G AgeAcquiredBirthplaceContract
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Andrew Agozzino LW L30 2021 Kleinburg, Ontario Ottawa
48 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Jonathan Aspirot D L22 2019 Mascouche, Quebec Ottawa
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Xavier Bernard D L21 2021 Mercier, Quebec Belleville
15 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Clark Bishop C L25 2021 St. John's, Newfoundland Ottawa
21 Flag of the United States.svg Logan Brown C L23 2018 Raleigh, North Carolina Ottawa
9 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Angus Crookshank LW L21 2021 North Vancouver, British Columbia Ottawa
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Tyrell Goulbourne LW L27 2021 Edmonton, Alberta Belleville
14 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Ridly Greig LW L19 2021 Lethbridge, Alberta Ottawa
30 Flag of Sweden.svg Filip Gustavsson G L23 2018 Skellefteå, Sweden Ottawa
28 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Mitchell Hoelscher C L21 2021 Waterloo, Ontario Belleville
12 Flag of the United States.svg Mark Kastelic C R22 2020 Phoenix, Arizona Ottawa
27 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Parker Kelly C L22 2018 Camrose, Alberta Ottawa
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Zac Leslie D L27 2021 Ottawa, Ontario Belleville
31 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Kevin Mandolese G L21 2020 Montreal, Quebec Ottawa
Flag of the United States.svg Tyler Parks G R29 2021 Imperial, Missouri Belleville
23 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Cole Reinhardt LW L21 2021 Irricana, Alberta Ottawa
22 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Logan Shaw  ( C ) RW R28 2020 Glace Bay, Nova Scotia Ottawa
40 Flag of Denmark.svg Mads Sogaard G L20 2021 Aalborg, Denmark Ottawa
13 Flag of Russia.svg Egor Sokolov LW R21 2020 Yekaterinburg, Russia Ottawa
33 Flag of Finland.svg Lassi Thomson D R20 2020 Tampere, Finland Ottawa
25 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Colby Williams D R26 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;

PlayerPosGPGAPtsP/G
Drake Batherson RW10338781161.13
Filip Chlapik C1463751880.60
Jordan Murray D1692360830.49
Jack Rodewald RW1273735720.57
Nick Paul LW1003139700.70
Logan Brown C812149700.86
Rudolfs Balcers LW763334670.88
Josh Norris C563130611.09
Alex Formenton LW632726530.84
Vitalii Abramov RW692226480.70

Totals contain only games played for Belleville.

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