Top 10 goal scorers in Ottawa

My series on the top ten goal scorers in every NHL arena continues with the Ottawa Senators. Although the current Ottawa team was established only in 1992, Ottawa was one of the founding members of the National Hockey League in 1917. The original Senators played in the National Hockey Association, and in several other leagues before that.  They played NHA and NHL games in the Ottawa Arena from 1917 to 1923, and the Ottawa Auditorium from 1923 until 1934. The current Senators team played in the Ottawa Civic Centre until 1995, and currently plays in Scotiabank Place.

Here is a list of the top ten goal scorers in each of the four arenas:

Ottawa Arena

The first NHL game was played in the Arena on December 19, 1917. The Arena was used until the end of the 1922-23 season. The last regular season game was played on February 28, 1923.

Cy Denneny95All with Ottawa Senators.
Frank Nighbor54All with Ottawa Senators.
Jack Darragh48All with Ottawa Senators.
George Boucher44All with Ottawa Senators.
Punch Broadbent43All with Ottawa Senators.
Eddie Gerard37All with Ottawa Senators.
Joe Malone2011 with Montreal Canadiens, 5 with Hamilton Tigers, 4 with Quebec Bulldogs.
Reg Noble17All with Toronto Arenas/St. Patricks.
Corb Denneny16All with Toronto Arenas/St. Patricks.
Sprague Cleghorn1411 with Ottawa Senators, 3 with Montreal Canadiens.

The highest scorer by far was Cy Denneny, one of the most prolific scorers in the early NHL.  His brother Corb, who played for Toronto, is also among the top ten (the brothers are also both among the top ten scorers at Arena Gardens, Toronto’s first NHL arena). The highest scoring player who never played for Ottawa is Joe Malone, another one of the early NHL’s top scorers.

Ottawa Auditorium

The Auditorium replaced the Arena in 1923. The first game was played on December 15, 1923, and the last on March 15, 1934.

Cy Denneny53All with Ottawa Senators.
Frank Finnigan53All with Ottawa Senators.
Hec Kilrea48All with Ottawa Senators.
George Boucher31All with Ottawa Senators.
King Clancy3130 with Ottawa Senators, 1 with Toronto Maple Leafs.
Frank Nighbor23All with Ottawa Senators.
Bill Touhey23All with Ottawa Senators.
Joe Lamb20All with Ottawa Senators.
Hooley Smith1817 with Ottawa Senators, 1 with Montreal Maroons.
Syd Howe1716 with Ottawa Senators, 1 with Pittsburgh Pirates.
Daniel Alfredsson has scored 222 goals at Scotiabank Place.

The Senators had financial problems throughout the 1920s and 1930s, and they did not play the 1931-32 season. They also played some of their home games away from Ottawa in an attempt to collect more money from ticket sales. They played home games against Detroit at the Red Wings’ Olympia Stadium (December 31, 1927, March 10, 1928, November 24, 1928, February 9, 1929, November 26, 1929, March 8, 1930, February 5, 1931, and February 10, 1934), against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden (March 17, 1931), and against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Arena Gardens (March 21, 1931) and Maple Leaf Gardens (January 14, 1933). They also played home games at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, against the New York Rangers (December 28, 1929) and the New York Americans (March 15, 1930).

The totals for most of the top ten would be slightly different if they had played these home games in Ottawa. Frank Finnigan, for example, would have been the top scorer, as he had five more goals at Ottawa home games in Detroit.

The highest scorer who never played for Ottawa is Nels Stewart, with 12 goals (9 with the Montreal Maroons and 3 with the Boston Bruins).

After the 1933-34 season, the Senators moved to St. Louis, where they played in St. Louis Arena. The St. Louis Eagles lasted only one season before folding.

Ottawa Civic Centre

The NHL returned to Ottawa in 1992. The re-founded Ottawa Senators played at the Civic Centre from October 8, 1992 until December 31, 1995.

Bob Kudelski2928 with Ottawa Senators, 1 with Florida Panthers.
Sylvain Turgeon26All with Ottawa Senators.
Alexei Yashin26All with Ottawa Senators.
Alexander Daigle18All with Ottawa Senators.
Randy Cunneyworth1210 with Ottawa Senators, 2 with Hartford Whalers.
Dave McLlwain11All with Ottawa Senators.
Jamie Baker98 with Ottawa Senators, 1 with San Jose Sharks.
Jody Hull97 with Ottawa Senators, 2 with Florida Panthers.
Andrew McBain9All with Ottawa Senators.
Andrei Kovalenko87 with Quebec Nordiques, 1 with Montreal Canadiens.
Mark Lamb8All with Ottawa Senators.
Norm McIver8All with Ottawa Senators.

Ottawa played two home games away from the Civic Centre, in the era of the NHL’s “neutral site” games in the early 1990s. Kudelski and Hull scored one goal each in Saskatoon, February 23, 1993, and McLlwain scored in Minneapolis, March 4, 1994.

The highest scorer who never played for Ottawa is Andrei Kovalenko.

Scotiabank Place/Corel Centre

The first game at Scotiabank Place was January 17, 1996. The arena was originally called The Palladium, and then the Corel Centre until 2006.

Active players as of the end of the 2011-12 season are in italics.

Daniel Alfredsson222All with Ottawa Senators.
Jason Spezza107All with Ottawa Senators.
Alexei Yashin102101 with Ottawa Senators, 1 with New York Islanders.
Mike Fisher92All with Ottawa Senators.
Dany Heatley9291 with Ottawa Senators, 1 with Atlanta Thrashers.
Marian Hossa9290 with Ottawa Senators, 1 with Chicago Blackhawks, 1 with Atlanta Thrashers.
Radek Bonk8685 with Ottawa Senators, 1 with Montreal Canadiens.
Shawn McEachern7169 with Ottawa Senators, 1 with Boston Bruins, 1 with Atlanta Thrashers.
Wade Redden56All with Ottawa Senators.
Martin Havlat5251 with Ottawa Senators, 1 with Minnesota Wild.

Alfredsson has scored all but one of his home goals at Scotiabank Place. His first goal at home in his rookie season was scored at the Civic Centre.

Ottawa played one home game in Stockholm as part of the NHL Premiere series of games in Europe, on October 4, 2008. Spezza and Heatley both scored in that game.

The highest scorer who has never played for Ottawa is Ilya Kovalchuk, with 13 goals (12 with the Atlanta Thrashers, 1 with the New Jersey Devils).


For 1917-18 to 1925-26, I used the game logs at the Hockey Summary Project.

For 1987-88 to the present, I used the “play finder” at Hockey Reference to find goals scored at home.

For 1925-27 to 1933-34, I used the game logs in contemporary newspaper reports from the Google News archive. All game results can be found using a combination of the Montreal Gazette, the Ottawa Citizen, the Border Cities Star, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pittsburgh Press, the Calgary Daily Herald, and the Saskatoon Phoenix.

For a list of the top scorers at all the regular home arenas, see my list of goals per arena.