David Van Drunen D 1999-2000
Born in Sherwood Park, Alberta in 1976, Van Drunen played his junior with the Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL, but went undrafted after four seasons. After his junior career, he signed as a free agent with Ottawa in 1997. He bounced around the minors, spending time in the ECHL, IHL, AHL, and UHL, before receiving his call-up. He played in just one game for the Senators - his only game in the NHL - and was on the ice for less than six minutes that night. He continued his career in the minors and made headlines in 2010 while the captain of Odessa Jackalopes of the CHL for horrific reasons. During a preseason game against the Colorado Eagles, Van Drunen was clobbered off a face-off. As he lay injured on the ice a line brawl broke out around him. When the dust settled, he had a broken nose, a broken jaw, and other facial injuries. Surgery was required to fix his injuries and doctors used five plates and 18 screws to repair the damage. Police were asked to intervene several times during the game and investigated afterward, but no charges were laid.
Chris Bala L 2001-2002
Born in Alexandria, Virginia in 1978, Bala was drafted by the Ottawa Senators 58th overall in 1998. He spent four seasons playing for Harvard and after graduation, joined the Grand Rapids Griffins in 2001. It was during his first pro season that he made his NHL debut, playing his games with the Sens. Bala spent the rest of his career in the AHL and ECHL as a member of the Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche organizations, but never played in the NHL again. Bala joined the staff at the Hill School, a boarding school in Pottstown, Pennsylvania as Associate Director of Admission and Director of Financial Aid and was recently named head coach of the school's hockey team.
Colin Greening L 2010-2011
Born in in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1986, Greening was drafted 204th overall in the 2005 NHL Draft by the Ottawa Senators. Greening played four seasons at Cornell University, where he served as captain during his final two seasons and was a member of the Quill and Dagger society. After graduation, Greening joined the Binghamton Senators but was called up by the Senators midway through the season and wore #52. He was returned to Bingo for the AHL team's Calder Cup run. He changed to #14 for the 2011-2012 season.
Best #52: Colin Greening
Greening spent the most time wearing #52 and his play generated optimism that he could successfully fill the role of power forward in the NHL.
Worst #52: N/A
Who wore it best?
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