Senators by the Numbers: #36
Troy Mallette L 1995-1996
Born in Levack, Ontario in 1970, Mallette was drafted 22nd overall by the New York Rangers in 1988. Mallette spent three seasons with the OHL's Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds before jumping to the Rangers as a 19-year-old. He spent three seasons in Ottawa, the first two wearing #18. Arriving as part of the Craig Billington deal, Mallette left Ottawa as a free agent. During his time with the Tampa Bay Lightning, he suffered a back injury that forced him to retire. Mallette now works as a firefighter in Sudbury.
Joel Kwiatkowski D 2000-2001
Born in Kindersley, Saskatchewan in 1977, Kwiatkowski was drafted 194th overall by the Dallas Stars in 1996. After bouncing around the minors, he was traded to the Sens for Patrick Traverse in 2000. He wore two numbers with the Sens; #36 was worn during his first season with the club. The Sens traded him to the Capitals for a 9th round pick in 2003 (which the Sens would eventually trade back to the Caps). Since 2008-09 he has played in the Europe and is currently a member of HC Fribourg-Gottéron.
Juha Ylonen C 2001-2002
Born in Helsinki in 1972, Ylonen was drafted 91st overall by the Winnipeg Jets in 1991. Ylonen played five more seasons in Finland with SM-liiga before making the move to North America and made his NHL debut with the Phoenix Coyotes in 1996-97. He was traded to the Senators on March 15, 2002 by the Tampa Bay Lightning for Andre Roy and Ottawa's 6th round draft pick in 2002 (Paul Ranger). Despite playing just 15 games in a Senators uniform, he wore two numbers - #24 was the first. After the 2001-02 season, he returned to Europe and finished his playing career with Blues Espoo in Finland, retiring in 2004.
Joey Tetarenko D 2002-2003
Born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan in 1978, Tetarenko was drafted 82nd overall by the Florida Panthers in 1996. After four seasons with the Portland Winter Hawks of the WHL, Tetarenko graduated to the AHL's Beast of New Haven. He spent most of this career in the AHL. Tetarenko missed a significant portion of the 2001-02 season because of a jaw injury. In March, 2003, he was traded to the Senators by Florida for Simon Lajeunesse. He played just two games with the Senators and after another two games with the Hurricanes the following season, would not play in the NHL again. Retiring from professional hockey after the 2006-07 season, he now works as an assistant coach for the Dallas Oilers and as a fish monger in the Houston area.
Steve Martins C 2005-2006
Born in Gatineau in 1972, Martins was taken by the Hartford Whalers in the 1994 NHL Supplemental Draft. A successful player at Harvard University, he spent time in 5 NHL organizations over the course of his career while primarily playing in the minors. Martins signed with the Sens on three separate occasions and wore the #16 during his first stint and #21 during his second stint with the team. His third stint in Ottawa was his last in the NHL and he spent the final three seasons of his career playing for the Chicago Wolves of the AHL. Twice, he was a member of the Chicago Wolves, winning the Turner Cup in 1998 and the Calder Cup in 2008 with the Wolves. Retiring in 2009, he spent three seasons coaching with the Barrington Redwings hockey organization. In June he was hired as hockey director and varsity head coach of the Barrington Broncos High School Hockey Club.
Josh Hennessy C 2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010
Born in Brockton, Massachusetts in 1985, Hennessy was drafted 43rd overall by the San Jose Sharks in 2003. After four successful seasons with the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL he graduated to the AHL. Hennessy was twice traded with Tom Preissing (as part of a three-way deal): on July 9, 2006 he was traded by San Jose to Chicago with Preissing for Mark Bell and the next day was traded to Ottawa by Chicago with Preissing, Michal Barinka, and Chicago's 2nd round choice (Patrick Wiercioch) in the 2008 Draft for Martin Havlat and Bryan Smolinski. An occasional call-up for Ottawa, Hennessy spent most of his time with the Senators playing in Bingo. He spent the 2010-2011 season with HC Lugano in Switzerland before signing a one-year deal with the Boston Bruins in 2011. He is currently a member of Moscow Vityaz Chekhov of the KHL.
David Hale D 2010-2011
Born in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1981, Hale was drafted 22nd overall by the New Jersey Devils in 2000. He spent three seasons at the University of North Dakota before playing 65 games for the Devils in 2003-04. Hale scored his first NHL goal while a member of the Phoenix Coyotes on November 26, 2008 in a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. It was his 231st NHL game, which set a record for longest start to an NHL career without a goal. Primarily used as depth defenseman throughout his career, he signed a one-year deal with the Senators in 2010. On October 15, 2011 Hale announced his retirement from hockey. However, his retirement lasted less than two years, as he signed with HC Appiano, a semi-pro Italian team in June, 2003.
Rob Klinkhammer L 2011-2012
Born in Lethbridge, Alberta in 1986, Klinkhammer went undrafted after a junior career with the Seattle Thunderbirds, Portland Winter Hawks, and Brandon Wheat Kings. He signed with the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL in 2007-08. He was traded to Ottawa by Chicago for future considerations on December 2 2011 and spent half a season split between Ottawa and Bingo. He currently plays for the Portland Pirates, AHL affiliate of the Phoenix Coyotes.
Best #36: Troy Mallette
Again, this is not a good number. Mallette has the largest body of work, so he gets the nod.
Worst #36: Josh Hennessy
Hennessy was hardly noticeable on the ice during his time in Ottawa.
Who wore it best?