Senators Appoint Travis Green as Head Coach to End Playoff Drought

The Ottawa Senators have appointed Travis Green as their head coach on a four-year contract, succeeding interim coach Jacques Martin, with the aim of ending their playoff drought since 2017 and building a winning culture.

Getty Images just dropped some news. The Ottawa Senators are bringing in Travis Green as their new head coach. He’s signed on for a four-year stretch, aiming to stick around until the end of the 2027-28 season.

Jacques Martin was keeping the seat warm as the interim coach. This was after D.J. Smith got the boot in December 2023. The Senators are pretty eager to break their playoff dry spell. It’s been a minute since 2017 when they last showed up in the conference finals.

“After chatting with a bunch of really qualified folks, Travis just stood out,” said Senators general manager Steve Staios. He’s all about fostering a winning vibe, something the team is desperate for. Travis is known for his intense desire to win and his knack for pushing players to excel. “We’re thrilled to have him and his family join us here in the Ottawa-Gatineau area.”

Before this gig, Green had a stint with the New Jersey Devils. Took over as interim head coach for the 2023-24 season. Under his watch, the Devils scored an 8-12-1 record over 21 games. He stepped up from associate coach in June 2023 after Lindy Ruff was shown the door.

Green’s not new to the head coach game. He led the Vancouver Canucks from 2017 to 2021. Over those four seasons, he racked up a 133-147-34 record across 314 games. Not to mention, he snagged a 10-7 record in 17 playoff matches.

He’s also done his time in the American Hockey League and the Canadian Hockey League. Led the Canucks’ AHL team, the Utica Comets, to the 2015 Calder Cup Final. Plus, he clinched the Western Hockey League championship with the Portland Winterhawks back in 2013.

Before he was calling the shots from behind the bench, Green was making plays on the ice. Drafted 23rd overall by the New York Islanders in the 1989 NHL Draft, he enjoyed a 14-year pro career. As a defenseman, he notched 455 points (193 goals, 262 assists) over 970 regular-season games. His journey took him from the Islanders to the Anaheim Ducks, Phoenix Coyotes, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Boston Bruins. Quite the ride, huh?

Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson
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