In what feels like the first non-special Monday in quite a while, Memorable Monday returns today with a look at another pair of firsts, which came in the same game courtesy of Andre Benoit and David Dziurzynski.
With injuries to Erik Karlsson and Milan Michalek less than a week old, players across the Sens lineup were being forced to take elevated roles. Benoit, who has since moved on to Colorado, took a regular spot on the blueline, while Dziurzynski, recently called up from Binghamton, was inserted as a defensive winger alongside Zack Smith and Chris Neil.
On February 19 -- the team’s third game in four nights -- the pair lifted the Sens to a 3-1 victory over the New York Islanders. Benoit’s first career goal came on a rocket from the point past a screened Rick DiPietro and ultimately stood as the game winner. Dziurzynski provided the dagger with less than five minutes to play in the third period on a scramble in front of the net. Both goals were the first of their respective NHL careers.
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If you were looking to find a player that caught a lot of attention during Sens Development Camp this year, Fredrick Claesson was your man.
He was clearly a veteran of the proceedings as 2013 marked his third development camp since being drafted in 2011. On the ice he looked very physical, very composed and a step ahead. Between strong performances in Binghamton and a strong development and training camps, Claesson could be inching his way into the discussion as a potential NHL defenceman in the near future.
Fans weren't the only ones to take notice of his strong showing at camp as Claesson took home the award for hardest worker on the final day of camp.
Sens TV was on hand for his award and got some of his thoughts on camp at the Bell Sensplex. Take a look...
The Sens continued to round out their roster on Friday, announcing that they have re-signed forward Erik Condra to a two-year deal. He had entered the off-season as a restricted free agent meaning, with the deal, both sides have avoided arbitration.
Here's what Sens Assistant GM Tim Murray had to say about the signing...
He has yet to have a formal media appearance as a member of the Sens, so this is the first chance we've had to get his thoughts on things.
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With the offseason comes plenty of opportunity for players of prominence to give back to their community. Sens forward Cory Conacher is using his summer to contribute to a cause which is very close to him.
July 10 marked the first ever Cory Conacher JDRF Golf Tournament, with proceeds heading to JDRF research in an effort to put an end to Type 1 diabetes. Conacher himself has overcome Type 1 to reach the NHL and is doing what he can as an NHLer to focus his efforts on aiding the cause going forward.
“I've had diabetes for 14 or 15 years now and it's really close to my heart. I just want to give back and help some of the families that are in need. It's an expensive disease, a lot of the technology that kids need nowadays is expensive,” said Conacher. “I think it's important for guys like myself who are capable of holding a golf tournament or ball hockey tournament or something along those lines to raise money. It's helpful for those families.”
For Cory, the opportunity to give back is a way of acknowledging the roles people who are behind the scenes played in his quest to make the NHL. Now that he has arrived, he has that same opportunity to influence those who are persevering through similar circumstances in a positive manner.
“It's huge. There are so many people that go unnoticed that have helped you throughout your life and whenever I do interviews that are sit down types of interviews, I try to name all those people off,” said Conacher. “Whether it's old coaches or people in my family that have been by my side my whole life. My parents with their support with the diabetes and friends and different people like that, those people are huge to our success here and the reason why we can do the things we do today. It even goes back to teachers and professors in high school and college.”
This week’s golf tournament is just the latest endeavour on Conacher’s behalf for JDRF. He also spends time doing speaking engagements or providing memorabilia to aid the cause. It’s something he’ll continue to do whenever the opportunity arises.
“I always try to give back. If someone needs a signed stick or something for a charity or they want me to pop in and talk to kids and stuff like that, I try to do that as much as possible. I do that with diabetes, I do little camps, I talk to families who have diabetes,” said Conacher. “I'm totally fine with that, that's something I'll do no matter what the circumstances are. Like I said, it's really close to my heart and I care about people who have been there my whole life.”
Those looking to give Cory a hand in his efforts should visit his website -- www.coryconacher.com -- where you can find more information on events he’ll be involved with or find ways to set up a function of your own to lend a hand. Before you know it, the second annual Cory Conacher JDRF Golf Tournament will be just around the corner.
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The Sens released their 2013 preseason schedule today, which features eight games against five opponents over the span of two weeks. It also features a split squad game on the final day of the schedule with a Sens squad taking on the Islanders in Barrie, Ont., in addition to a concurrent game at Canadian Tire Centre.
Here’s the full schedule...
The Ottawa Senators will be heading west for some fresh air this season as they’ll be playing the 2014 Tim Hortons Heritage Classic against the Vancouver Canucks at BC Place.
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The Ottawa Senators announced today that they have re-signed defenceman Mark Borowiecki to a two-year contract. The deal is a two-way contract for the 2013-14 season, and becomes a one-way deal in 2014-15.
With the signing, the Sens now have an additional defenceman under contract after the signing of Joe Corvo on Monday.
From the official release...
Prospects have been pushed to their limits over the past seven days and today the camp culminates in the annual 3-on-3 tournament and camp awards before exit interviews and planes out of town. They got a little 3-on-3 practice in yesterday so we'll see which team can come together the quickest to win it all.
Here are today's teams:
The tournament is open for all so feel free to swing by the Sensplex and enjoy the games.
The Ottawa Senators have signed defenceman Joe Corvo to a one-year contract. It will be his second stint with the team after he played 127 games for the Sens from 2006-2008.
Since departing Ottawa after joining the Sens as a free agent from Los Angeles, Corvo has made stops in Boston, Carolina and Washington and has amassed 300 career points in 689 NHL games.
From the official release...