Citizen@175: A shiny, shining second as NHL hockey returns to Ottawa

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To mark our 175th anniversary 12 months, we function a unique entrance web page every week from previous editions of the Ottawa Citizen. Right this moment: Oct. 9, 1992.

The optimism felt by Ottawa hockey followers was mirrored within the headline of the particular four-page part that wrapped their paper on Oct. 9, 1992: “Perhaps Rome was in-built a day.”

The event was the return to the NHL, after an absence of 58 years, of the Ottawa Senators, who not solely got here again, however got here again in excessive type, because the membership improbably defeated the Montreal Canadiens, who went on to win the Stanley Cup that season, 5-Three on the sold-out Civic Centre.

The victory served as candy icing on a cake already laden with pomp and ceremony that night, as befitting town’s re-entry into Stanley Cup competitors. One other hometown hero, Alanis Morissette, sang the nationwide anthem, whereas 1988 Olympic figure-skating silver medalist Brian Orser wowed the gang with a pre-game again flip. The #eight worn by Frank “The Shawville Specific” Finnigan, in the meantime, the final surviving member of the 1927 Stanley Cup-winning Senators, was hoisted to the rafters. Finnigan, a vocal supporter of the Senators’ bid to return to the NHL, had died the earlier December, and so the honour of the ceremonial opening puck drop went to his son Frank Jr.