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Ottawa connections in this year's Stanley Cup playoffs

Columbus, Dallas and San Jose have the most local ties.
2018-11-30 Erik-Karlsson CP Tony Avelar
San Jose Sharks defenceman Erik Karlsson. Tony Avelar/ The Canadian Press

With no horse in the 2019 Stanley Cup playoff race, Ottawa Senators fans have a few teams with a handful of local connections they can get behind.

Of the 16 teams battling for the cup this spring, six teams have no ties to the capital region: St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Toronto, Washington and Winnipeg.

The Stanley Cup playoffs get underway Wednesday, April 10.

Here is the remaining list of teams with players who were either grew up in or around capital region, or previously played hockey in Ottawa, in some capacity:


Zdeno Chara, defenceman - Played for Senators from 2001 to 2006


Sean Monahan, forward - Played for the Ottawa 67's
Mike Smith, goalie - Born in Kingston, ON


Calvin de Haan, defenceman - Born in Carp, ON

Petr Mrazek, goalie - Played for the Ottawa 67's
Curtis McElhinney, goalie - Played for the Senators 2010-2011


Derek Brassard, forward - Former Ottawa Senator and is from Gatineau, QC


Nick Foligno, forward - Played for the Senators from 2007 to 2012 after being selected by Ottawa in the first round of the 2006 NHL Draft
Matt Duchene, forward - Tallied 107 points in 118 games as a member of the Ottawa Senators between 2017 and 2019
Ryan Dzingel, forward - Ottawa Senators 7th round pick in 2011 NHL Draft, played parts of four seasons for the Sens
Scott Harrington, defenceman - Born in Kingston, ON


Marc Methot, defenceman - Played for the Senators from 2012 to 2017 and was born in Ottawa 
Ben Bishop, goalie - Played for the Senators from 2011 to 2013
Jason Spezza, forward - Played for the Senators from 2002 to 2014 after being drafted second overall by Ottawa in the 2001 NHL Draft


Kyle Turris, forward - Played for the Senators from 2011 to 2018
Rem Pitlick, forward - Born in Ottawa

New York:

Robin Lehner, goalie - Played for Senators from 2010 to 2015


Erik Gudbranson, defenceman - Born in Ottawa

San Jose:

Erik Karlsson, defenceman - Former Ottawa Senators Captain who played for the team from 2009 to 2018 after being selected 15th overall in the 2008 NHL Draft
Logan Couture, forward - Played for the Ottawa 67's
Doug Wilson, General Manager - Played for the Ottawa 67's


Mark Stone, forward - Played for the Senators from 2012 to 2019 after being selected in the 6th round of the 2010 NHL Draft


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