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Q1 Which of the following are not founders of the modern era Ottawa Senators?
Answer: King Clancy
Q2 When did the modern era Senators start playing again in the NHL?
Q3 Who is the longest serving captain of the modern era Ottawa Senators up to the end of the 2016/17 season?
Answer: Daniel Afredsson
Q4 When was the last time an Ottawa Senators team won the Stanley Cup?
Q5 What was the original name of the Canadian Tire Centre?
Ottawa Civic Centre
Answer: The Palladium
Q6 How much did the Canadian Tire Centre cost to build?
More than the SkyDome’s $650 million
Answer: $240 million
Q7 What was the expansion franchise fee paid in 1990 by the Ottawa Senators to the National Hockey League?
$500 million USD (US dollars)
$35 million USD
$50 million USD
$200 million USD
Answer: $50 million USD
Q8 What was the other team admitted to the NHL at the same time as the Ottawa Senators?
Anaheim Mighty Ducks
Tampa Bay Lightning
Answer: Tampa Bay Lightning
Q9 Against which team did the Ottawa Senators play their first game in the modern era?
Toronto Maple Leafs
Tampa Bay Lightning
Answer: Montreal Canadiens
Q10 And what was the score in that game?
5-3 Sens win
3-5 Sens loss
5-0 Sens win
0-5 Sens loss
Answer: 5-3 Sens win
Q11 How many points did the Senators get in their first campaign—1992/93?
Q12 What’s the name of the NHL team that had the lowest ever points total?
Washington Capitals 21 points
Anaheim Mighty Ducks 21 points
San Jose Sharks 21 points
Florida Panthers 21 points
Answer: Washington Capitals 21 points in their 1974-75 expansion season
Q13 What is the name of the Ottawa Senators’ mascot?
Q14 How does the Ottawa Senators’ mascot sign his name?
He prints his name
He writes his name
He uses a paw print
He spells his name
Answer: He uses a paw print
Q15 When was the NHL first formed?
Q16 Which club was not an original member of the NHL in 1917?
New York Rangers
Toronto Arenas/Toronto Hockey Club
Answer: New York Rangers
Q17 The Canadian Tire Centre is modeled after which arena?
The Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit
First Ontario Centre in Hamilton
Madison Square Garden in Manhattan
American Airlines Center in Dallas
Answer: The Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit
Q18 What other trophy did a team named “Ottawa Senators” win?
The Super Bowl
The Grey Cup
The Memorial Cup
The World Championship
Answer: The Grey Cup
Q19 What was the Sens first choice for mascot but turned out to be unavailable due to copyright and intellectual property rights?
Marvin the Martian
Answer: Marvin the Martian
Q20 Who led the Hamilton expansion bid in 1990 when the Sens were also campaigning to get an expansion franchise from the NHL?
Sheila Copps (the original name for the Hamilton arena was the “Copps Coliseum,” named after her father)
Ron Joyce (Hamilton-based co-founder with NHL defenseman Tim Horton of the donut chain that bears his name)
Rod Bryden (SC Stormont Inc chair)
Pierre Trudeau (former prime minister)
Answer: Ron Joyce (Hamilton-based co-founder with NHL defenseman Tim Horton of the donut chain that bears his name)
Q21 What was the name of the first parent company of the Ottawa Senators?
Plasco Energy Group
Terrace Investments Limited
Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group
Answer: Terrace Investments Limited
Q22 What is the name of the winning bid for redevelopment of LeBreton Flats and the construction of a new downtown arena for the Sens?
RendezVous LeBreton group
Devcore Canderel DLS group
Answer: RendezVous LeBreton group
Q23 Which Ottawa Senators player won the Calder Memorial trophy as rookie of the year?
Answer: Daniel Afredsson at the conclusion of the 1995/96 season
Q24 How many seasons did it take for the expansion Sens to make the playoffs for the first time?
Q25 Which team did the Sens beat in the last regular season game to qualify for the playoffs for the first time?
The Maple Leafs
Answer: the Sabres
Q26 Who was in nets for that opposing team?
Answer: Dominik Hasek
Q27 Which two Canadian cities lost their NHL franchises (relocated to the US) around the time that the Sens began play?
Answer: Quebec Nordiques and Winnipeg Jets
Q28 Recently the Los Vegas Knights were granted an expansion franchise. Their franchise fee paid to the NHL was—
$50 million USD
$120 million USD
$500 million USD
$650 million USD
Answer: $500 million USD
Q29 What was the slogan that the Sens used during their campaign to acquire an NHL expansion franchise?
Peace, order, and good government
Pursuit of happiness
Bring back the Senators
Don’t back down
Answer: Bring back the Senators
Q30 After the Montreal Canadiens (with the most Stanley Cups) and the Toronto Maple Leafs with second most, which NHL squad ranks third?
New York Rangers
Answer: Ottawa Senators with nine (the most recent of which was won in 1927)
Q31 Who was president/commissioner of the NHL when the Sens expansion franchise was awarded on December 6th 1990?
Answer: John Ziegler, president
Q32 Who said, “Just win, baby?”
Former Oakland Raider owner Al Davis
Former Chicago Blackhawk owner Bill Wirtz
Former Ottawa Senator captain Laurie Boschman
Former Montreal Canadiens defenseman PK Subban
Answer: former Oakland Raider owner Al Davis
Q33 Which city was not a bidder in 1990 for an NHL expansion team when Ottawa also applied?
Answer: Mexico City
Q34 Who sued the NHL (unsuccessfully) so that he could move the Phoenix Coyotes to Hamilton?
Jim Balsillie, co-founder of Blackberry
Bob Morrow, former mayor of Hamilton
Bob Rae, former Ontario premier
Kathleen Wynne, current Ontario premier
Answer: Jim Balsillie, co-founder of Blackberry
Q35 The vote by then 21 members of the NHL’s board of governors to admit the Ottawa Senators to the league in December 1990 was carried—
Q36 The last surviving member of the 1927 Ottawa Senators Stanley Cup-winning team who also helped land the expansion franchise in 1990 and whose jersey and number are retired at Canadian Tire Centre was—
Answer: Frank Finnigan, born July 9th 1903, wore number 8, right winger, scored 15 goals during that campaign, died December 25th 1991
Q37 Approximately how many vehicles can park at Canadian Tire Centre?
Q37 Approximately how many people can Canadian Tire Centre hold for hockey?
Q38 Who gave the first ever concert at Canadian Tire Centre?
The Tragically Hip
Answer: Bryan Adams
Q39 Who scored the first ever goal in modern Sens history?
Answer: Neil Brady
Q40 In 2007, who scored the GWG (game winning goal) against the Buffalo Sabres in overtime to put the Sens into the Stanley Cup final for the first time in their modern history?
Answer: Daniel Alfredsson
BONUS QUESTION A: Who scored the GWG in the last game of season 5 to put the Sens in the playoffs for the first time? Hint: it was assisted by Alexei Yashin…
Answer: Steve Duchesne
BONUS QUESTION B: Which two, first-year Sens coaches (head coach and assistant coach) ended up years later working together for the New York Rangers, except this time, the assistant coach became head coach and the former Ottawa head coach became his assistant?
Jacques Martin and Roger Neilson
Rick Bowness and EJ “Doc” McGuire
Bryan Murray and Eugene Melnyk
Rick Bowness and Alain Vigneault
Answer: Rick Bowness and Alain Vigneault
BONUS QUESTION C: Which two, first-year Sens executives (later president of the team and CFO) ended up years later working as competitors–one running the Sens and Senators Sports and Entertainment, the other, OSEG (Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group), Lansdowne Live, TD Place, and the Redblacks?
Cyril Leeder and Randy Sexton
Cyril Leeder and Bernie Ashe
Cyril Leeder and Marc Bonneau
Cyril Leeder and Roy Mlakar
Answer: Cyril Leeder and Bernie Ashe
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