|City:||Binghamton, New York|
|League:||American Hockey League|
|Home Arena:||Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena|
|Colors:||Red, black, gold, white
|General Manager:||Tim Murray|
|Head Coach:||Luke Richardson|
|Media:||Press & Sun-Bulletin|
WICZ, WENE, WINR
|Affiliates:||Ottawa Senators (NHL)|
Elmira Jackals (ECHL)
|1972–1992:||New Haven Nighthawks|
|1992–1993:||New Haven Senators|
|1993–1996:||Prince Edward Island Senators|
|Division Championships:||2 (2002–03, 2004–05)|
|Conference Championships:||1 (2010–11)|
|Calder Cups:||1 (2010–11)|
The Binghamton Senators are a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League (AHL). Nicknamed the B-Sens, they play in Binghamton, New York at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. Along with the Elmira Jackals of the ECHL, the B-Sens are minor league affiliates of the Ottawa Senators. They were the AHL's 2011 Calder Cup champions.
Official Binghamton Senators Website: http://www.binghamtonsenators.com/
History[edit | edit source]
Inception and first seasons (2002–2005)[edit | edit source]
The arrival of the B-Sens marked the return of the AHL to the area after a five-year absence. The area had previously been represented by the Binghamton Dusters (1977–1980), the Binghamton Whalers (1980–1990), and the Binghamton Rangers (1990–1997), all of the AHL. While no AHL team played in Binghamton between 1997 and 2002, the market was served by the B.C. Icemen of the United Hockey League.
The Binghamton Senators enjoyed a successful 2002–03, freshman season, going 43–26–9 with 100 points. They breezed by their first three playoff rounds, but were easily defeated by the Hamilton Bulldogs in 5 games. By contrast, the 2003–04 season was not as successful as the loss of both Antoine Vermette and Jason Spezza weakened the team. They went 34–34–9 and quietly exited the playoffs thanks to a 2–0 sweep at the hands of the Norfolk Admirals.
The 2004–05 NHL lockout meant Binghamton got a return visit from their recent graduates and several other NHL players, including Jason Spezza, Antoine Vermette, Anton Volchenkov, Chris Neil, Josh Langfeld and Brian Pothier, making the Senators a legitimate Calder Cup contender. Jason Spezza lead the way with a league high 117 points (earning the AHL MVP) and brought the team back to contender form. The Senators ended the regular season with only 21 regulation losses, tied for 2nd fewest in the league, taking the division title with a league high 276 goals scored. The Senators entered the playoffs on a roll, winners of 11 of their last 13 games, and continued their dominance by cruising through the first 2 games of their first round best of 7 series against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, scoring 9 goals. But the offense inexplicably stalled and the Sens scored only 5 goals in the remaining 4 games as the Penguins answered back with the next 4 wins, crushing the hopes of bringing the Calder Cup to Binghamton for the first time.
Post lockout (2005-2008)[edit | edit source]
Recent Activity (2009-Present)[edit | edit source]
On 17 July 2009 it was announced that Don Nachbaur was named head coach of the Binghamton Senators. During the 2009–10 AHL season, Nachbaur coached the Senators to a 36-35-6-3 record and 81 points to finish fifth overall in the AHL's East Division. On 22 June 2010, after only one season behind the bench, Nachbaur announced that he was resigning as head coach citing personal reasons as the cause.
On August 6, 2010 the Ottawa Senators announced that Kurt Kleinendorst was appointed the head coach of the Binghamton Senators as part of a two-year contract. Kleinendorst had spent the previous year leading the USA Hockey National Team Development Program's Under-18 team to a gold medal at the 2010 IIHF World U18 Championships in Belarus.
In 2011, the Binghamton Senators made the playoffs. In the first round, the Senators were up against the Manchester Monarchs. They fell behind 3-1 in the series, but won Games 5 and 6 in overtime to force a Game 7. The Senators fell behind 5-4 in Game 7 with not much time left on the clock. But, Erik Condra tied the game with 1:45 to go in the game. Ryan Potulny then scored 3:07 into overtime to send the Senators to the second round. In the second round, the Senators were up against the Portland Pirates. The Senators won the first two games in Portland to go up 2-0 in the series. They then lost two of the next three gmes at home to the Pirates and had their series lead cut to 3-2. But, the Senators shut out the Pirates in Game 6, 3-0 to go to the Eastern Conference Finals. In the Eastern Conference Finals, the Senators were up against the Charlotte Checkers. The Senators dominated the first two games of the series, outscoring the Checkers by a combined score of 10-4. The Senators also dominated Games 3 and 4 at home, winning by a combined score of 11-4. In the series, the Senators outscored the Checkers 21-8. In Game 4, Ryan Keller got the game-winning goal in overtime to send the Senators to the Calder Cup Finals.
In the finals, the Senators were against the Houston Aeros. The Senators fell behind 2-1 in the series, but a two game home ice winning streak gave them the 3-2 lead. The Senators won game six in Houston on June 7, 2011 to capture their first ever Calder Cup. Ryan Keller got the game-winning goal 9:09 into the 3rd period to win the championship for the Senators.
In the 2011–12 season, the Senators faced a completely revised lineup as several free agents left to join other NHL organizations, and several players became full-time Ottawa Senators. The team finished fifth and out of the playoffs. Head Coach Kurt Kleinendorst resigned after the season to pursue other opportunities. He was replaced by former NHL player and Ottawa Assistant Coach Luke Richardson. Richardson is the team's seventh head coach.
Season-by-Season Results[edit | edit source]
Regular Season[edit | edit source]
Playoffs[edit | edit source]
|Season||Prelim||1st Round||2nd Round||3rd Round||Finals|
|2002–03||—||W, 3–0, WOR||W, 4–2, BRI||L, 1–4, HAM||—|
|2003–04||L, 0–2, NOR||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||—||L, 2–4, WBS||—||—||—|
|2005–06||Out of Playoffs|
|2006–07||Out of Playoffs|
|2007–08||Out of Playoffs|
|2008–09||Out of Playoffs|
|2009–10||Out of Playoffs|
|2010–11||-||W, 4–3, MAN||W, 4–2, POR||W, 4–0, CHA||W, 4-2 HOU|
|2011–12||Out of Playoffs|