Ottawa Senators joined NHL 25 years ago Sunday

On Dec. 6, 1990, then NHL president John Ziegler announced the news Ottawa had been waiting for — the city would be welcoming home a new hockey franchise.

On Dec. 6, 1990, Ottawa was awarded a new franchise, returning pro hockey to the capital after 60-year drought

Ottawa gets a hockey team

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On Dec. 6, 1990, Ottawa found out they were going to get an NHL team again.

It's been 25 years since the NHL granted Ottawa what many had been waiting nearly six decades for — the return of professional hockey to the capital.

On Dec. 6, 1990, then NHL president John Ziegler announced Ottawa and Tampa Bay would each be getting a franchise, leading to celebrations across the capital.

"This is the biggest thing that has ever happened to the city of Ottawa other than being named the capital," said then mayor Jim Durrell at the time.

It would be another two years before the Senators played their first game.

Check out the day's report from CBC's Dan Seguin in the video player above.


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