OTTAWA - In preparation for three pre-season games this weekend, the Ottawa Senators made their first training camp moves today, reducing their roster to 27 players. Ottawa’s roster stands at three goaltenders, eight defensemen and 16 forwards.
Dave Cameron, head coach of Ottawa’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Binghamton Senators, will welcome to his training camp 15 players: two goaltenders, four defensemen and nine forwards. Binghamton’s camp opens Friday, Sept. 23.
Joining the B-Sens are goaltenders Jeff Glass and Kelly Guard; defensemen Brennan Evans, Neil Komadoski, Neil Petruic and Jan Platil; and forwards Danny Bois, Brett Clouthier, Joe Cullen, Jeff Heerema, Gregg Johnson, Grant Potulny, Charlie Stephens, Greg Watson and Roman Wick.
Cameron will have seven players return from last year’s line-up and another four players with 2004-05 AHL experience.
Glass was named the Canadian Hockey League’s goaltender of the year last season and was named to Canada’s World Junior Championship roster where he went 5-0-0 with a 1.40 goals-against average to lead his nation to its first goal meal at the event in seven years. He will man the Binghamton net during training camp along with former Canadian junior hockey standout Kelly Guard. Guard led the Western Hockey League in wins (44), shutouts (13) and goals-against average (1.56) as a goalie for Kelowna during the 2003-04 season. He attended the B-Sens’ 2004 training camp before begin assigned to Charlotte of the East Coast Hockey League where he had a record of 12-11-2 with a 3.06 goals-against average in 26 games.
Defensemen Komadoski and Platil return to Binghamton from last season’s East Division champion squad and will be joined by rookie Neil Petruic and Brennan Evans, who helped man the Lowell Lock Monsters’ blue line last season.
Second-year forward Danny Bois and Brett Clouthier combined for 455 penalty minutes in AHL action last season. Stephens led all Binghamton goal scorers during the 2005 Calder Cup playoffs with three tallies. They will be joined at the forward positions by second-year winger Grant Potulny and third-year professional Greg Watson.
Heerema spent last season with Manitoba while Cullen is beginning his third professional season after splitting time between Edmonton and San Antonio in 2004-05. Heerema is a former first-round pick who tallied 44 points (14 goals, 30 assists) while playing all 80 games for the Moose. He was third on the team in playoff scoring with 10 points (4 goals, 6 assists) in 14 games as the Moose lost to Chicago in the Western Conference Final.
Left wing Roman Wick tallied 70 points (32 goals, 38 assists) in 66 games for Red Deer of the Western Hockey League last season while right wing Gregg Johnson returns to Binghamton after joining the 2004-05 team last November for a four-game stint.
Returning to their Canadian Hockey League junior clubs are centre Cody Bass, right-winger Chris Greene, defenseman Tomas Kudelka and left-winger Matt Marquardt. Bass rejoins the Mississauga Ice Dogs of the Ontario Hockey League, Greene returns to the OHL’s Erie Otters and Kudelka joins the Lethbridge Hurricanes for his first Western Hockey League season. Marquardt is off to Moncton, N.B., to line up for his rookie year with the Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
The Senators travel to Binghamton, N.Y., for their first of two neutral-site games Friday, Sept. 23. In their second game of the pre-season calendar, having defeated the Maple Leafs in Toronto 5-2 on Sunday, Sept. 18, the Senators will face the Pittsburgh Penguins Friday. The two teams will meet again in Wilkes-Barre, Penn., home of the Penguins’ AHL affiliate, on Saturday. The Senators weekend wraps up with their first pre-season game at the Corel Centre, where the Toronto Maple Leafs will visit Sunday for a 7:30 p.m. start.