Senators by the Numbers: #48
Ivan Ciernik R/L 1997-1998, 2000-2001, 2001-2002
Born in Levice, Czechoslovakia in 1977, Ciernik was drafted 216th overall by the Ottawa Senators in 1996. He played parts of three years with the Senators, wearing #24 during part of his last season with the club. Claimed by Washington on waivers in 2002, he returned to Europe during the lockout, after spending several years split between the NHL and the AHL. Ciernik spent six years in the DEL with Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg and Kölner Haie and a season in the KHL as a member of Sibir Novosibirsk. In 2011, he signed with the Malmö Redhawks in Sweden and the following year was back in the DEL with Hannover Scorpions. A Slovak national, he has represented his country on six occasions. He currently plays for the Augsburger Panther.
Jared Cowen D 2009-2010
Born in Saskatoon in 1991, Cowen was drafted 9th overall by the Ottawa Senators in 2009. Cowen spent four years with the Spokane Chiefs of the WHL. His first season of junior hockey was quite successful; he helped with Chiefs win the Ed Chynoweth Cup as WHL champions and Cowen scored an empty net goal against the Kitchener Rangers to clinch the Memorial Cup. His second season was marred by a serious knee injury. While still recovering from his knee injury, Cowen was drafted by the Senators in 2009. When Spokane was eliminated from the playoffs in 2010, was called up and made his NHL debut wearing #48. Cowen twice represented Canada at the World Juniors, winning silver in 2010 and 2011. Cowen was returned to his junior team for the 2010-2011 season, joining the Binghamton Senators in time for the Calder Cup run in 2011. Cowen made the Senators out of training camp for the 2011-2012 season and played all 82 games during his rookie season, wearing #2. Assigning to the Sens AHL team during the 2012 NHL lockout, he suffered a serious hip injury (torn labrum) in October, 2012. Expected to miss the rest of the season, Cowen returned to the lineup on April 16, 2013.
Best #48: N/A
Worst #48: Ivan Ciernik
Ciernik has had a nice career in Europe, but his NHL career was unimpressive.
Who wore it best?