Senators by the Numbers: #23
Chris Luongo D 1992-1993
Born in Farmington Hills, Michigan in 1967, Luongo was drafted 92nd overall by his hometown Detroit Red Wings in 1985. He spent four successful years with the Michigan State Spartans hockey program before joining the Red Wings. He signed with the Senators in the fall of 1992. After one season in the capital, Luongo was traded to the New York Islanders for Jeff Finley in 1993. Luongo spent parts of the next three seasons with the Islanders and last played in the NHL in 1995-1996. He hadn't played in the NHL in nearly three years, Ottawa traded for him in March, 1999 in exchange for cash; despite the trade, Luongo would not suit up for the Sens a second time. Luongo spent his remaining professional years (1996-2001) split between the IHL and the DEL. Since his retirement, Luongo has spent his time coaching with the Wayne State Warriors and UAH Chargers. In another Ottawa connection, when Luongo resigned as head coach of the Chargers in 2012, he was replaced with former Binghamton Senators coach Kurt Kleinendorst.
Brian Glynn D 1993-1994
Born in Iserlohn, West Germany in 1967, Glynn was a Canadian defenseman who was drafted 37th overall by the Calgary Flames in 1986. He played six season of NHL hockey with six different teams (the Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Minnesota North Stars, Vancouver Canucks, Ottawa Senators, and Hartford Whalers). His NHL career ended in 1997 and he played one more season of professional hockey in the DEL with the Cologne Sharks before retiring in 1998. Notably, he was part of the deal that sent Brendan Shannon to Detroit and Paul Coffey, Keith Primeau and the Red Wings' first round selection (Nikos Tselios) to the Whalers.
Claude Boivin L 1993-1994, 1994-1995
Born in Sainte-Foy, Quebec in 1970, Boivin was drafted 14th overall in 1988 by the Philadelphia Flyers. After two seasons in Philadelphia, Boivin was traded along with Kirk Daubenspeck for Mark Lamb in March, 1994. Boivin's career was derailed by a botched knee surgery in 1992, which caused him to miss most of the 1993-94 and all of the 1995-96 and 1996-97 seasons. Ottawa was Boivin's last stop in the NHL, and he finished his career playing in the AHL and Italy, retiring in 2000 at the age of 29.
Jaroslav Modry D 1995-1996
Born in České Budějovice, Czechoslovakia in 1971, Modry was drafted 179th overall by the New Jersey Devils in 1990. After breaking in to the league with the Devils, Modry was traded to the Senators for Ottawa's 4th round pick (Alyn McCauley) in 1995. He would not play a full season in the capital before being traded in March, 1996 to the Los Angeles Kings for Kevin Brown. A late bloomer, Modry spent eight seasons with the Kings, and was named to the All-Star team in 2002. While his NHL career ended in 2007-08, he has continued his career in the Czech Republic, playing for HC Bili Tygri Liberec and HC Plzen 1929.
Christer Olsson D 1996-1997
Born in Arboga, Sweden in 1970, Olsson was drafted 275th overall by the St. Louis Blues in 1993. Olsson was acquired by Ottawa in a lopsided trade, which saw the Sens send a budding Pavol Demitra to the Blues. Olsson decided to return to Sweden after just one season with the Sens. He played in Sweden for seven years, before finishing his playing career in Austria and retiring in 2005. Since retiring he has been part of Leksands IF coaching team.
Radim Bicanek D 1997-1998, 1998-1999
Born in Uherské Hradiště, Czechoslovakia in 1975, Bicanek was drafted 27th overall by the Ottawa Senators in 1993. Bicanek played parts of four seasons with the Sens, the last two wearing #23. He made little impact in his limit time in Ottawa and was traded to Chicago for the Kings' (previously acquired) 6th round choice (Martin Prusek) in the 1999 Draft. Left unprotected in the 2000 Expansion Draft, Bicanek was claimed by the Columbus Blue Jackets. His last season in the NHL was 2001-2002. He spent the 2002-2003 season with the Binghamton Senators and missed all of 2003-04. Bicanek returned to Europe during the 2004-05 lockout and has played in the Czech league since 2004 for Orli Znojmo and HC Kometa Brno.
Yves Sarault L 1999-2000
Born in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec in 1972, Sarault was drafted 61st overall in 1991 by the Montreal Canadiens. A journeyman NHLer, Sarault played for six NHL teams between 1994-95 and 2001-02. Signed as a free agent with Sens, Sarault played two seasons in Ottawa and wore #23 during his second year in the capital. When his NHL career finished, he spent six seasons playing in the Swiss league and one in the DEL. Since 2009 he has played in the Ligue Nord-Américaine de Hockey, a low-level pro league.
Karel Rachunek D 2000-2001, 2001-2002, 2002-2003, 2003-2004
Born in Gottwaldov, Czechoslovakia in 1979, Rachunek was drafted 229th overall by the Ottawa Senators in 1997. Rachunek spent parts of five seasons with the Senators and wore #23 for the final four seasons. Twice Rachunek and the Sens had contract disputes and both times Rachunek played in Russia with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. In March, 2004 he was traded to the New York Rangers for Alexandre Giroux and Greg De Vries. He returned to the NHL in 2006-07 with the Rangers and would play one more season in North American with the Devils in 2007-08 before finishing his career in the KHL. In 2010-11, Rachunek joined Lokomotiv Yaroslavl for the third time and had a successful season (46 points in 50 games). Rachunek returned to Lokomotiv for the 2011-12 season as the team's captain, but tragically was killed in the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Air Disaster on September 7, 2011. He is survived by a wife and two children.
Kaspars Daugavins L 2009-2010, 2011-2012, 2012-2013
Born in Riga in 1988, Daugavins was drafted 91st overall by the Senators in 2006. A regular with the St. Mike's Majors of the OHL and with the Binghamton Senators - Daugavins was an integral member of the 2011 Calder Cup run - he made the jump to the Senators permanently in 2011-12, playing in 65 games. A fan favourite, he was placed on waivers by the Sens and claimed by the Boston Bruins on March 27, 2013.
Best #23: Karel Rachunek
There is not a lot of talent here, but Rachunek was productive during his time in the capital and was around the longest, he takes the cake.
Worst #23: Radim Bicanek
It could have been Boivin but I flipped a coin.
Who is Ottawa's best #23?