The Ottawa Senators are a professional ice hockey team based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and they compete in the National Hockey League (NHL) as a member of the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference. The team was founded in 1992 as an expansion team, along with the Tampa Bay Lightning, and they play their home games at the Canadian Tire Centre, which opened in 1996 as the Palladium. The team's colors are red, black, gold, and white, and they are attributed to the colors of the original era Senators, and like other Ottawa sports teams (such as the Ottawa Renegades, Rough Riders, and 67s), with added trim of gold. The original Ottawa Senators, founded in 1883, had a famed history, winning the Stanley Cup 11 times, playing in the NHL from 1917 until 1934. The present-day Ottawa Senators joined the NHL in 1992 as an expansion team, and they struggled in their first few seasons. However, they began to climb to respectability under coach Jacques Martin, making the playoffs for the first time during the 1996–97 season. The team continued to build on this early success and finished with more wins than losses for the first time in franchise history the following year. The Senators have developed a core of good young players, including Tim Stuetzle, Brady Tkachuk, Josh Norris, Drake Batherson, Thomas Chabot, Shane Pinto, and Jake Sanderson. After several seasons near the bottom of the standings, the team contended for a playoff spot in 2022-23 after adding veterans Claude Giroux, Alex DeBrincat, and Jakob Chychrun.