Nobody thought you’d make it this far. At the beginning of the season everyone said “Ottawa who?”. You proved them wrong. You were the team that could. It was you against the world but you, you were a force to be reckoned with and the world was gonna know your strength. You fought through concussions and fractured feet and cancer but you didn’t let that stop you. You dug deep and you roared. You fought with everything you had, held nothing back, left everything on the ice. You clawed your way back and finished second in your division. You silenced the doubters and proved you could play with the best.
Dear Eastern Conference Finalists,
It was right there, so close you could see it and not just in your dreams but right there in front of you, feel it in your fingers battered and bruised and taped up, taste the blood and the sweat and the tears on your tongue until you couldn’t taste anything else but victory. I’m sorry the only thing left you can taste is bitter defeat.
I promise you there’s no shame in losing if you lose playing your best. You earned the right to be there. To play this series. To take on the reigning Stanley Cup champions. It took them seven games and double OT to take you down. You took on the titans and while you didn’t win you put up one he’ll of a fight. So hold your heads up high with pride because you have nothing to be ashamed of. I know it probably doesn’t seem like it right now but I promise you it’s true and if that’s something you can’t believe right now, then I will believe it for you until you can believe for yourselves.
Dear Team That Could,
I have never been more proud to be your fan. To wear the red, to wear this logo on my chest and your names on my back. You gave me your hearts and your souls and your sweat and your tears and your strength and your resiliency and I couldn’t ask for anything more because were the team that could. We were #ALLIN. It was us against the world and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
updated list! because i’m an idiot who accidentally deleted the other post! yikes!
Ekblad, Eichel, Hanifin, Oshie, Stephen Johns, Gerbe, Domi, Doan, Tony de Angelo, Matthew Tkachuk, Ian Cole, Scottie Upshall, Logan Brown, Thomas Greiss, Seth Jones, Mike Ribeiro, Frank Vatrano, Justin Abdelkader, Tyler Johnson, Shane Prince, Ryan Strome, James Wisniewski, Patrick Eaves, Bobby Robins, Brendan Lemieux, James Neal, Robert Bortuzzo, Eddie Lack, Jordie Benn, Austin Czarnik, Kelli Stack, Mike Fisher, Rebecca Russo
Joffrey Lupul, Biznasty, Bonino, JT Brown, Jakob Chychrun, Andrew Ference, Garret Sparks, Chris VandeVelde, Voracek, Wayne Simmonds, Mark Streit, Ben Scrivens, Johan Franzen, Nugent-Hopkins, Devante Smith-Pelly, Darnell Nurse, Toffoli, Patrick Maroon, Henrik Borgstrom, Jacob Trouba, Jordan Eberle, Trevor van Riemsdyk, James van Riemsdyk, Kris Letang, Marc-Andre Fleury, Andre Burakovsky, Adam Henrique,
Morgan Rielly, Nik Hjalmarsson, Jamie Benn, Jonathan Toews, John Klingberg, Dion Phaneuf, PK Subban, Malcolm Subban, Bo Horvat, Blake Bolden, Meghan Duggan, Brianna Decker,
Nino Niederreiter, Alex Killorn, Louis Domingue, Brianne Jenner
I am so proud of the Ottawa Senators. Nobody thought they would even make it into the playoffs at the beginning of this season, and then to win round one, round two, and force a game 7 against the defending Stanley Cup champions that went to double OT? No, I don’t think a lot of people saw that coming. But they did that and so much more. Craig Anderson is a phenomenal goaltender, and we would not be here without him. Considering everything he and his family have had to deal with in their personal lives this year, it’s absolutely amazing to see what he’s accomplished. He was even able to tie the Senators’ record for most playoff wins for a goalie. Erik Karlsson continues to be our ridiculously talented captain, playing 30+ minutes on multiple occasions, all while breaking the Senators’ record for most assists in one playoff run and playing every game on a fractured foot. Kyle Turris is an amazing hockey player and a leader on and off the ice, and I don’t think a lot of people knew that before these playoffs. He was our top goal-scorer this season, and he dedicated as much time to his team as he did to the Capital City Condors, a team that helps bring the game of hockey to kids with disabilities, of which he is the honorary captain. Guys like Mark Stone, Mike Hoffman, and Zack Smith were also some of our best points-producers and everyone got to see that these playoffs. Derick Brassard welcomed his new team with a great season and came up clutch on multiple occasions this post-season. Jean-Gabriel Pageau got (another) playoff hatty, delighting his hometown crowd along with fellow Ottawa native Marc Methot, who lost part of his flippin’ finger this season. We also wouldn’t be here without our great defense, including Cody Ceci, Mark Borowiecki, and, yes, Dion Phaneuf (I can’t believe I’m saying that). All in all, there are so many heroes on this team, a team that went through so much adversity this season, a team that pretty much everyone doubted, and I’m so so so proud of the Sens and this wonderful season they’ve strung together for me to enjoy. Also big props to Guy Boucher, I think we finally got a coach we can count on. Thanks for this brilliant playoff run, Sens! Right back at it next year ❤