Senators by the Numbers: #39
Joe Juneau C 1999-2000
Born in Pont-Rouge, Quebec in 1968, Juneau was drafted 81st overall by the Boston Bruins in 1988. A college star with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Juneau had a 4.0 grade point average and earned an aeronautical engineering degree in just 3 years despite a language barrier. Marred in a contract dispute with the Bruins, Juneau spent a year with the Canadian National Team and won a silver medal at the 1992 Winter Olympics. An offensive star during his time in Boston, Juneau was signed by Ottawa in 1999 to provide an offensive boost in the absence of the suspended Alexei Yashin. Juneau wore two numbers during his time in Ottawa; he wore #28 first. Injuries shortened his career and robbed him of much offensive potential. After his retirement in 2004, he was a partner and account manager at Harfan Technologies. Juneau has since worked promoting hockey and education to youth, first in Fairbanks, Alaska and since 2007, in Kuujjuaq, Quebec where he works with Inuit youth.
Josh Langfeld R 2001-2002
Born in Coon Rapids, Minnesota in 1977, Langfeld was drafted 66th overall by Ottawa in 1997. He spent four seasons with the University of Michigan, scoring the game-winning goal against Boston College to secure the NCAA Championship for the Wolverines. Langfeld wore two numbers with the Sens; he switched to #33 in his second season with the club. After spending parts of six seasons in the NHL, he spent the final four seasons of his career playing in Europe, retiring in 2011.
Jason Spezza C 2002-2003, 2003-2004
Born in Mississauga, Ontario in 1983, Spezza was drafted 2nd overall by the Senators in 2001. Spezza garnered considerable attention as a junior, both for his more than point-per-game performance as an underage (15-year-old) player with the Brampton Battalion and for being just the third 16-year-old to represent Canada at the World Junior Championships. After playing for four different junior teams, Spezza began his pro career with the Grand Rapids Griffins in 2001-02, playing in three playoff games. Spezza would split the 2002-03 season between the Senators and the club's AHL affiliate in Binghamton, playing 76 combined games and recording 75 combined points. In 2003-04, Spezza played his first full season in the NHL. He wore #39 during his first two seasons before switching to #19 with the arrival of Dominik Hasek. Last monh he was named Ottawa's 8th captain. Love him.
Dominik Hasek G 2005-2006
Born in Pardubice, Czechoslovakia in 1965, Hasek was drafted 199th by the Chicago Blackhawks in 1983. He began his professional career in Czechoslovakia, playing for his hometown team, HC Pardubice, at age 16. He won two league titles in Czechoslovakia, three MVPs, and five Czechoslovak First League Best Goaltender awards. He made his NHL debut in 1990-91 with the Chicago Blackhawks. Hasek became a superstar with the Buffalo Sabres, winning two Hart Trophies, two Lester B. Pearson Awards (Lindsay Award), and six Vezina Trophies. In 1998, he was named Czech Hockey Player of the 20th Century. That same year, he backstopped the Czech Republic to gold at the Olympics in Nagano, Japan. In 2001, he joined the Detroit Red Wings and won his first of two Stanley Cups in 2002. On July 6, 2004 Hasek signed as a free agent with the Senators. The lockout wiped out the entirety of the 2004-05 season and Ottawa exercised a contract option in the summer of 2005. Hasek played well for the Sens during the 2005-06 season, but was injured 10 minutes into his first game at the 2006 Olympics. Voldemort injured his right abductor muscle and missed the rest of the regular season and playoffs, ending his time in the capital. He returned to the Red Wings and won a second Stanley Cup before finishing his playing career in Europe. On October 9, 2012, he retired for a third and final time.
Matt Carkner D 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012
Born in Winchester, Ontario in 1980, Carkner was drafted 58th overall by the Montreal Canadiens. Carkner spent four seasons with the Peterborough Petes of the OHL before joining the Cleveland Barons, San Jose's AHL affiliate. After five seasons with the Barons, he made his NHL debut, playing in one game with the Sharks in 2005-06. He played three more seasons in the minors, including two with the Binghamton Senators before finally becoming an NHL regular with the Senators in 2009-2010 season. During the 2010 playoffs, Carkner scored a memorable game-winning, triple-overtime goal in game five of the Sens first round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. During his final season with the Senators, Carkner missed 53 games because of a knee injury. His most notable act during the 2011-2012 season was pummeling Brian Boyle in the first period of game two of the playoff season against the New York Rangers. It was one of his last acts as a Senator as he signed a three-year deal with the New York Islanders on July 1, 2012.
Best #39: Jason Spezza
One of the deepest lists in the series, Spezza's body of work as a young player edges out the work Hasek and Carkner. In his first two seasons in Ottawa, Spezza produce in a lesser role with the team, helping him develop into the first line centre the Sens have relied on since 2005.
Worst #39: Dominik Hasek
While Hasek played well for Ottawa before leaving for the Olympics, his injury while playing for the Czech Republic put a serious dent in the Sens Stanley Cup aspirations that season. It wasn't so much the severity of the injury as it was the constant distraction his recovery/refusal to play caused.
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