Norm MacIver D 1992-1993, 1993-1994, 994-1995
Born in Thunder Bay, Ontario in 1964, MacIver was undrafted and instead played four seasons at the University of Minnesota Duluth. He signed with the Rangers out of college, and played for seven teams in a 13-year career. MacIver had a career-year during Ottawa's inaugural season, setting a single-season points mark for defensemen which stood until last year. Upon retirement, MacIver began a coaching career: first in the AHL and then with the Chicago Blackhawks beginning in 2006. When Marc Bergevin was named the GM of the Montreal Canadiens in 2012, MacIver took his place as assistant general manager with the Hawks.
Antti Tormanen RW 1995-1996
Born in Espoo, Finland in 1970, Tormanen was drafted in the 11th round, 274th overall in the 1994 draft. Already a professional in Finland when he was drafted, Tormanen spent another season with Jokerit before moving to North America. He would spend only one season in the NHL before returning to Finland where he played for another decade for Jokerit, HV71 Jönköping, and Jödertälje SK. Upon retirement, he began his coaching career and is currently the head coach of SC Bern.
Shaun Van Allen C 1996-1997, 1997-1998, 1998-1999, 1999-2000; 2002-2003, 2003-2004
Born in Calgary in 1967, Van Allen grew up in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan. Drafted 105th overall by the Edmonton Oilers in 1987, but never cemented his spot with the big club. After signing with the expansion Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Van Allen established himself as a capable defensive forward. In October, 1996 he was traded to the Senators along with Jason York for Ted Drury and Marc Moro. He spent for successful years in the capital before leaving as a free agent. He joined the Senators for a second time when he signed as a free agent in 2002 and played a regular defensive role with the club. Van Allen was one of many players who never played again after the 2004-2005 lockout and he retired in 2005. Van Allen has held a variety of jobs in Ottawa since retiring. He was the Director of Player Evaluation for the Ottawa Senators for the 2006-2007 season. He's contributed to Team1200 Sens broadcast. Currently, Van Allen is the assistant coach of Ottawa's Carleton Ravens hockey team.
Jamie Rivers D/RW 2000-2001, 2001-2002
Born in Ottawa in 1975, Rivers was drafted 63rd overall by the St. Louis Blues in 1993. A journeyman NHLer, Rivers spent time in seven different NHL organizations: the Blues, New York Islanders, Senators, Boston Bruins, Florida Panthers, Detroit Red Wings, and Phoenix Coyotes and played a total of 469 NHL games. The 2006-07 was his last in the NHL and he spent the final four seasons of his career playing in the AHL and in Europe. Rivers' pro career ended December 16, 2010: while playing with KHL Medveščak, he ruptured his spleen after completing a hit. Unfortunately, the injury went undiagnosed and he was rushed to the hospital a few days later because of massive internal bleeding. The situation was life-threatening and his heart actually stopped before he was resuscitated. Once recovered, he returned to North America and in September, 2012 he was named head coach of the St. Charles Chill of the CHL.
Chris Kelly C 2005-2006, 2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011
Born in Toronto in 1980, Kelly was drafted 94th overall by the Ottawa Senators in 1999. He played his junior hockey with the Aurora Tigers (OHA Jr. A) and with the Sudbury Wolves and London Knights (OHL). Kelly spent four seasons in the AHL before breaking into the NHL in 2005-06. Kelly played a checking role in Ottawa and was a successful penalty killer; these traits made him a sought-after player when the Sens began their rebuild in February, 2011 and Kelly was traded to the Boston Bruins and won the Stanley Cup later that same spring. The Senators used the pick they got in return for Kelly to draft prospect Shane Prince. Kelly is currently an alternate captain with the Boston Bruins recovering from a broken leg.
Erik Condra RW 2011-2012, 2012-2013
Born in Trenton, Michigan in 1986, Condra was drafted 211th overall by the Ottawa Senators in 2006. Condra had a very successful college career; he spent four years at the University of Notre Dame. Upon graduation, he split the 2010-11 season between the NHL and the AHL, and was returned to the BSens for their Calder Cup run in 2011. 2011-12 was his first full season in the NHL and Condra established himself as a reliable defensive forward. Condra spent the 2012 lockout playing in Germany.
Best #22: Chris Kelly
This is a tough one. Norm MacIver had a record-setting first season with the Sens, Shaun Van Allen spent several successful seasons in the capital and Erik Condra has developed into one of the team's most reliable defensive players. Maybe in time Condra will overtake Kelly, but right now Kelly's longevity, valuable defensive play, and occasional offensive contributions make him the best #22.
Worst #22: Jamie Rivers
In a category with so many memorable Senators, Rivers' draws the short straw. Not horrendous, Rivers failed to make an impact.
Who is Ottawa's best #22?
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