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Today's post looks at Senators who have worn the #14. Worn during the inaugural season and by Radek Bonk for close to a decade, #14 is currently worn by Colin Greening.
Brad Marsh D 1992-1993
Marsh was born in 1958 in London, Ontario as Charles Bradley Marsh. Marsh was a hometown-hero, playing four seasons for the London Knights. His play was so strong, his number was subsequently retired by his junior club. He was drafted by the Atlanta Flames 11th overall in the 1978 NHL Amateur Draft. Ottawa was the last stop for the well-traveled defenseman, who finished his fifteen-year NHL career after just one season in the capital. Following his retirement, Marsh worked in Ottawa's front office as Director of Team and Business Development for seven years. He also owned Marshy's, an Ottawa sports bar which closed its doors in 2011. Most recently, Marsh served as the assistant coach for the Queen's University hockey team.
Jean-Yves Roy RW 1995-1996
Born in 1969, the undrafted winger was signed as a free agent by the Rangers in the summer of 1992. Roy spent three seasons with the Canadian national team in the early 90s, culminating in a silver medal at the 1994 Winter Olympics. Traded to Ottawa in 1995 for Steve Larouche, Roy played just 4 games for the Sens before signing as a free agent with the Bruins after the 1995-96. While his NHL career ended in 1998, Roy would continue to play in Austria and Germany until 2005-06.
Dave Hannan C 1996-1997
Drafted 196th by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1981, the Sudbury, Ontario native played 16 seasons in the NHL for 6 different teams. Hannan was a member of the silver medal-winning Canadian hockey team at the 1992 Winter Olympics. He scored a game-winning goal in the fourth overtime for the Sabres during a 1994 playoff game. A two-time Stanley Cup winner, he was a faceoff and defensive specialist throughout his career. His season in Ottawa was his last in the NHL.
Radek Bonk C 1997-1998, 1998-1999, 1999-2000, 2000-2001, 2001-2002, 2002-2003, 2003-2004
Born in Krnov, Czechoslovakia in 1976, Bonk made waves as a 17-year-old with the Las Vegas Thunder of the International Hockey League in 1993-94. Bonk scored 42 goals and 87 points in 76 games with the Thunder on the way to being named IHL Rookie of the Year. Drafted 3rd overall by the Senators in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, Bonk arrived in Ottawa amidst great expectations. He wore two numbers with the Sens and switched to #14 midway through the 1997-98 season because of GM Pierre Gauthier's dislike of "vanity numbers". Bonk was traded to the Kings by Ottawa for LA's 3rd round pick (Shawn Weller) at the 2004 Entry Draft. He was then moved by the Kings on the same day to the Montreal Canadiens where he spent two seasons. Bonk's NHL career ended in 2009 after two years with the Nashville Predators. Since 2009, Bonk has played in Europe: for Lokomotiv for several games in 2009-10 and for HC Ocelari Trinec in the Czech league since 2009-10.
Andrej Meszaros D 2005-2006, 2006-2007, 2007-2008
Born in Považská Bystrica, Czechoslovakia in 1985, Meszaros was drafted 23rd overall in the 2004 NHL Draft by the Ottawa Senators. After two seasons playing for Dukla Trenčín in the Slovak Extraliga, he came to Canada to play junior hockey for the Vancouver Giants of the WHL. Meszaros notched 41 points in 59 games and was named to the Second All-Star Team as well as the Giants' Top Defenseman. In 2011 he was honoured for his time with the Giants by receiving a banner among the Giants' Ring of Honour. Meszaros' continued his strong play with the Sens during his rookie campaign in 2005-06. Paired with Zdeno Chara, Andrej had a successful year and was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team. A contract dispute resulted in a trade to Tampa Bay in August, 2008 in which the Senators received Filip Kuba, Alexandre Picard and San Jose's first-round pick in 2009. Meszaros currently plays for the Philadelphia Flyers.
Chris Campoli D 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011
The Mississauga native was born in 1984 and drafted 227th overall by the New York Islanders in 2004. Ottawa was not the first Senators team Campoli suited up for as he played his minor hockey in the Greater Toronto Hockey League for the Mississauga Senators. He spent four seasons in junior with the Erie Otters of the OHL and his admirable commitment to community service culminating in receiving the Dan Snyder Memorial Trophy as the OHL's top humanitarian in 2003-04. He is the first (and only) player to score twice in overtime. When his initial goal against Fredrik Norrena went through the netting and was missed by the officials, Campoli simply fired and scored again in the 2008 game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. In February, 2009, Campoli and teammate Mike Comrie were traded by the Islanders to the Ottawa Senators for Dean McAmmond and a first-round pick. Chris would be shipped out at the trade deadline two years later to the Chicago Blackhawks. Campoli is currently a free agent.
Colin Greening LW 2011-2012
Born in in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1986, Greening was drafted 204th overall in the 2005 NHL Draft by the Ottawa Senators. Greening played four seasons at Cornell University, where he served as captain during his final two years and was a member of the Quill and Dagger society.
Best #14: Radek Bonk
With apologies to Mark, it's not even close. While Bonk never lived up to his lofty, draft-year expectations, he carved out a reputation as a complete player and top-six forward. When Bonk wore #76 (the number he wore as a phenom in Las Vegas and his first few seasons in Ottawa), he was a disappointment; however, the Bonk who wore #14 was a two-time NHL All-Star (2000, 2001), a four-time 20+ goal scorer, and in 2001-02 reached 70 points.
Worst #14: Chris Campoli
Chris Campoli is one of my least-favourite Senators and so consequently, is the worst #14. Is it fair? No, but it's my series. Campoli played the last quarter of the 2008-09 season with the Senators and notched 5 goals and 13 points in 25 games. But in the following two seasons he could not seem to find a role with the team, neither offensively nor defensively, and it was unsurprising when he was shipped out during the rebuilding in 2011.
Ottawa's best #14 is
Radek Bonk (79 votes)
Andrej Meszaros (12 votes)
Chris Campoli (2 votes)
Colin Greening (8 votes)
101 total votes