This week I will be writing about my favorite American Hockey League (AHL) team, the Binghamton Senators, who are the affiliate of the Ottawa Senators.
The history of AHL hockey in Binghamton dates back to the days of the Binghamton Dusters, who were around from 1977 to 1980. Then there was the Whalers from 1980 to 1990, and finally the Rangers from 1990 to 1997.
The Senators' farm team relocated to Binghamton in 2002. Their first season was a good one, as they finished that season with a 43-26-9 record, and then lost to the Norfolk Admirals in the playoffs.
The B-Sens became Calder Cup contenders in 2004-05, when the NHL lockout happened. Some of the Ottawa Senators players went down to the AHL to play.
Binghamton has won two division titles, one conference championship and one Calder Cup. That title came in 2010-11.
Binghamton’s current head coach is Luke Richardson, who took over from Kurt Kleindorst. The last three seasons, Richardson was an assistant head coach with Ottawa.
Some of the B-Sens' past players include Ray Emery, Jason Spezza, Chris Kelly, Robin Lehner, Antoine Vermette and Patrick Evans.
Among the current players are: defenseman Chris Wideman, Danny New and Ben Blood; forwards Jim O’Brien, Wacey Hamilton and Shane Prince; and goalies Andrew Hammond and Nathan Lawson.
The team plays its home games at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.
The Senators’ colors are red, black, gold and white. The main logo is a black circle with a Roman Centurian holding a hockey stick, and their secondary logo is a more aggressive cartoon-like Centurian.
The B-Sens home jersey is white with red and black stripes. The away jersey is back with red and white stripes. Both have the aggressive Centurian logo. The third jersey is red with black and white stripes with the main logo on the front. All jerseys have Ottawa's logo on the right shoulder.
That’s all folks!