|2014–15 Binghamton Senators season|
|City||Binghamton, New York|
|League||American Hockey League|
|Home arena||Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena|
Red, Black, Antique Gold, White
|General manager||Tim Murray|
|Head coach||Luke Richardson|
|Media||Press & Sun-Bulletin
WICZ, WENE, WINR, WBBI
|Affiliates||Ottawa Senators (NHL)|
|1972–1992||New Haven Nighthawks|
|1992–1993||New Haven Senators|
|1993–1996||Prince Edward Island Senators|
|Division Championships||3 (2002–03, 2004–05, & 2013-14)|
|Conference Championships||1 (2010–11)|
|Calder Cups||1 (2010–11)|
The Binghamton Senators are a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League (AHL). Nicknamed the B-Sens, they play in Binghamton, New York, at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. The B-Sens are minor league affiliates of the Ottawa Senators. They were the AHL's 2010-11 Calder Cup champions. The Senators main rivals are the Syracuse Crunch (located an hour north on Interstate 81), the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (located an hour south on Interstate 81), and the Hershey Bears (located about 3 hours south via Interstate 81 & PA 743).
Inception and first seasons (2002–2005)
The arrival of the B-Sens marked the return of the AHL to the area after a five-year absence. The area had previously been represented by the Binghamton Dusters (1977–1980), the Binghamton Whalers (1980–1990), and the Binghamton Rangers (1990–1997), all of the AHL. While no AHL team played in Binghamton between 1997 and 2002, the market was served by the B.C. Icemen of the United Hockey League.
The Binghamton Senators enjoyed a successful 2002–03, freshman season, going 43–26–9 with 100 points. They breezed by their first three playoff rounds, but were easily defeated by the Hamilton Bulldogs in 5 games. By contrast, the 2003–04 season was not as successful as the loss of both Antoine Vermette and Jason Spezza weakened the team. They went 34–34–9 and quietly exited the playoffs thanks to a 2–0 sweep at the hands of the Norfolk Admirals.
The 2004–05 NHL lockout meant Binghamton got a return visit from their recent graduates and several other NHL players, including Jason Spezza, Antoine Vermette, Anton Volchenkov, Chris Neil, Josh Langfeld and Brian Pothier, making the Senators a legitimate Calder Cup contender. Jason Spezza lead the way with a league high 117 points (earning the AHL MVP) and brought the team back to contender form. The Senators ended the regular season with only 21 regulation losses, tied for 2nd fewest in the league, taking the division title with a league high 276 goals scored. The Senators entered the playoffs on a roll, winners of 11 of their last 13 games, and continued their dominance by cruising through the first 2 games of their first round best of 7 series against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, scoring 9 goals. But the offense inexplicably stalled and the Sens scored only 5 goals in the remaining 4 games as the Penguins answered back with the next 4 wins, crushing the hopes of bringing the Calder Cup to Binghamton for the first time.
Recent activity (2009–present)
On July 17, 2009, it was announced that Don Nachbaur was named head coach of the Binghamton Senators. During the 2009–10 AHL season, Nachbaur coached the Senators to a 36–35–6–3 record and 81 points to finish fifth overall in the AHL's East Division. On June 22, 2010, after only one season behind the bench, Nachbaur announced that he was resigning as head coach citing personal reasons as the cause.
On August 6, 2010, the Ottawa Senators announced that Kurt Kleinendorst was appointed the head coach of the Binghamton Senators as part of a two-year contract. Kleinendorst had spent the previous year leading the USA Hockey National Team Development Program's under-18 team to a gold medal at the 2010 IIHF World U18 Championships in Belarus.
In 2011, the Senators made the playoffs. In the first round, the Senators were up against the Manchester Monarchs. They fell behind 3–1 in the series, but won games five and six in overtime to force a game seven. The Senators fell behind 5–4 in game seven with not much time left on the clock. But, Erik Condra tied the game with 1:45 to go in the game. Ryan Potulny then scored 3:07 into overtime to send the Senators to the second round. In the second round, the Senators were up against the Portland Pirates. The Senators won the first two games in Portland to go up 2–0 in the series. They then lost two of the next three games at home to the Pirates and had their series lead cut to 3–2. But, the Senators shut out the Pirates in game six, 3–0 to go to the Eastern Conference Final. In the Eastern Conference Final, the Senators were up against the Charlotte Checkers. The Senators dominated the series, outscoring the Checkers 21-8, 11-4 at home and 10-4 on the road. In game four, Ryan Keller got the game-winning goal in overtime to send the Senators to the Calder Cup Finals.
In the finals, the Senators were against the Houston Aeros. The Senators fell behind 2–1 in the series, but a two-game home-ice winning streak gave them the 3–2 lead. The Senators won game six in Houston on June 7, 2011, to capture their first ever Calder Cup. Ryan Keller got the game-winning goal 9:09 into the third period to win the championship for the Senators.
In the 2011–12 season, the Senators faced a completely revised lineup as several free agents left to join other NHL organizations, and several players became full-time Ottawa Senators. The team finished fifth and out of the playoffs. Head Coach Kurt Kleinendorst resigned after the season to pursue other opportunities. He was replaced by former NHL player and Ottawa Assistant Coach Luke Richardson. Richardson is the team's seventh head coach.
In the 2012-13 offseason, the Senators made several moves in free agency, including bringing back former player Andre Benoit to be the Senators captain. The NHL lockout also allowed several Ottawa top prospects, such as Jakob Silfverberg and Mika Zibanejad to start the season in Binghamton. The Senators stormed out to a 27-10-4 start by the All-Star break, holding the best record in the AHL at one point. The Senators then lost many players, including Benoit, Silfverburg, Zibanejad, and Patrick Wiercioch to Ottawa as the NHL regular season started. The Senators went 17-14-4 the rest of the way to finish 2nd in the East Division, claim the #4 seed for the playoffs, and finish with a 44-24-8 record overall. However, the Senators offense struggled against the physical play of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and the Penguins swept the Senators out of the playoffs, 3-0.
The Senators returned almost the entire team from the previous year for the 2013-14 season; the most notable exception being goaltender Robin Lehner, who became Ottawa's regular #2 goalie. The Senators contended for the division lead for the entire season. Despite goaltender Nathan Lawson having an injury-filled year, Andrew Hammond filled in nicely in his spot with 25 wins and a 2.81 GAA. Also, despite the Senators losing leading scorers Mike Hoffman and Stephane Da Costa along with Mark Stone, Cody Ceci, and Jean-Gabriel Pageau, among others to Ottawa during the second half of the year, the Senators clinched their 3rd division after nearly a ten year drought from the previous division title in the 2004-05 season. The division title came on a 5-4 win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the second to last game of the season to clinch the #3 seed in the Eastern Conference. For the second year in a row, the Senators played the Penguins in the first round of the playoffs. The first three games of the series were well contested, all of them going to overtime, but the Senators found themselves down 2-1 in the series. Facing a must-win Game 4 in Wilkes-Barre, the Sens were routed by the Penguins 5-1, bowing out in the first round once again.
|2002–03||80||43||26||9||2||—||97||.606||239||207||1st, East||2003||—||W, 3–0, WOR||W, 4–2, BRI||L, 1–4, HAM||—|
|2003–04||80||34||34||9||3||—||80||.500||210||216||4th, East||2004||L, 0–2, NOR||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||80||47||21||—||7||5||106||.663||276||217||1st, East||2005||—||L, 2–4, WBS||—||—||—|
|2005–06||80||35||37||—||4||4||78||.488||258||295||5th, East||2006||Out of playoffs|
|2006–07||80||23||48||—||4||5||55||.344||225||323||7th, East||2007||Out of playoffs|
|2007–08||80||34||32||—||9||5||82||.513||255||248||6th, East||2008||Out of playoffs|
|2008–09||80||41||30||—||5||4||91||.569||232||238||5th, East||2009||Out of playoffs|
|2009–10||80||36||35||—||6||3||81||.506||251||260||5th, East||2010||Out of playoffs|
|2010–11||80||42||30||—||3||5||91||.575||255||221||5th, East||2011||—||W, 4–3, MAN||W, 4–2, POR||W, 4–0, CHA||W, 4–2 HOU|
|2011–12||76||29||40||—||5||2||65||.428||201||243||5th, East||2012||Out of playoffs|
|2012–13||76||44||24||—||1||7||96||.632||227||188||2nd, East||2013||—||L, 0-3, WBS||—||—||—|
|2013–14||76||44||24||—||3||5||96||.632||276||232||1st, East||2014||—||L, 1-3, WBS||—||—||—|
- Goals: Denis Hamel, 56 (2005–06)
- Assists: Jason Spezza, 85 (2004–05)
- Points: Jason Spezza, 117 (2004–05)
- Penalty minutes: 551 Brian McGrattan, 551 (2004–05)
- GAA: Robin Lehner, 2.12 (2012–13)
- SV%: Robin Lehner, .938 (2012–13)
- Career goals: Denis Hamel, 124
- Career assists: Jason Spezza, 117
- Career points: Denis Hamel, 236
- Career penalty minutes: Brian McGrattan, 1051
- Career goaltending wins: Ray Emery, 67
- Career shutouts: Ray Emery, 11
- Career games: Denis Hamel, 528
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- Binghamton Senators Official Website
- binghamtonhockey.net - Hockey history of the Binghamton, New York region
- The Internet Hockey Database - Binghamton Senators