Senators by the Numbers: #76
An examination of every Senator to wear the number 76. No Senator has never worn the number 75.
Radek Bonk C 1994-1995, 1995-1996, 1996-1997
Born in Krnov, Czechoslovakia in 1976, Bonk made waves as a 17-year-old with the Las Vegas Thunder of the International Hockey League in 1993-94. Bonk scored 42 goals and 87 points in 76 games with the Thunder on the way to being named IHL Rookie of the Year. Drafted third overall by the Senators in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, Bonk arrived in Ottawa amidst great expectations. He wore two numbers with Ottawa and switched to #14 before the 1997-1998 season because of GM Pierre Gauthier's dislike of "vanity numbers". Bonk worse 14 for seven seasons with the Sens. He was traded to the Kings by Ottawa for LA's third round pick (Shawn Weller) at the 2004 Entry Draft. He was then moved by the Kings on the same day to the Montreal Canadiens where he spent two seasons. Bonk's NHL career ended in 2009 after two years with the Nashville Predators. Since 2009, Bonk has played in Europe: for Lokomotiv for several games in 2009-10 and for HC Ocelari Trinec in the Czech league since 2009-10. On May 19, 2014 he announced his retirement from hockey.
Best Bonk: 14
Bonk's best years with the Senators came while wearing 14. He was an all-star and hit his career high in points (70 in 2001-2002). He also scored 20+ goals on four while wearing the number.
Worst Bonk: 76
Bonk had better hair when he wore 76, but that was about it. He was a highly-touted draft pick and failed to live up to those expectations, especially early in his career. However, this Bonk has an internet following which made voting close.
Which Bonk was best?