Welcome To The Official
Binghamton Senators Booster Club Website
Binghamton Hockey
Booster Club History
1973 - 1979
The Duster Years
Hockey League (NAHL) in 1973 as the BROOME DUSTERS. Our
first booster club was started in that same year with Ward
Wilson as  our first president, followed by Dick Kendrick, Paul
Feheley, Ed Harvey and Betty Waffle. Our first booster club
MVP award winner was Rod Bloomfield. In 1974-75 the
DUSTERS went all the way to the LOCKHART CUP FINALS but
Pro hockey began in Binghamton with the North American Pro
hockey began in Binghamton with the North American Hockey
League (NAHL) in 1973 as the BROOME DUSTERS. Our first
booster club was started in that same year with Ward Wilson
as  our first president, followed by Dick Kendrick, Paul
Feheley, Ed Harvey and Betty Waffle. Our first booster club
MVP award winner was Rod Bloomfield. In 1974-75 the
DUSTERS went all the way to the LOCKHART CUP FINALS but
lost to the Johnstown Jets. Throughout the Duster years we
were fortunate to see an array of players such as Randy
Macgregor, Ken Holland, Paul Stewart, and many more. The
BROOME DUSTERS and our booster club joined the American
Hockey League (AHL) in the 1977-78 season.
1980 - 1989
The Whaler Years
Through an ownership and affilation change we became the BINGHAMTON WHALERS in
1980. Betty Waffle continued on as club president followed by Mike Dailey, Dot Boyd,
Peggy Waffle, Betty again, Tim Kavulich and Betty again. We followed such great
players as Bob Sullivan, Ross Yates, Peter Sidorkowicz and Kay Whittmore, as they
went to the CALDER CUP FINALS in 1981-82 losing to the New Brunswick Hawks. In
1984-85 they posted the best season record in the AHL.
1990 - 1996
The Ranger Years
In 1990 the Hartford Whalers ended their affilation and the New York Rangers became
our new parent-team. We were now  BINGHAMTON RANGERS. Our new booster club
president was Joyce Palmer followed by Bill Falkin, Dick Havich, Joe Lamphere and
Gwen Terpak. With a brand new crop of players we enjoyed seeing Ken Gernander,
Don Biggs, Peter Fiorentino, the Ferraro brothers and Corey Hirsh. In the 1992-93
season our RANGERS set league records for wins and points as they  thrilled us. Our
booster club traveled to far reaching road games in Portland, Me; Sherbrooke, Can;
Louisville, Ky and Baltimore, Md. A high light was a trip to Chicago to see the NY
Rangers vs the Blackhawks, and later a marathon tour to Detroit – Red Wings, Auburn
Hills – IHL Vipers and return to Syracuse to see our RANGERS, all in the same weekend.
1997 - 2001
The Icemen Years
The Rangers moved to Hartford and we thought we had lost hockey but a new owner
stepped up and we joined the UNITED HOCKEY LEAGUE (UHL) becoming the BC
ICEMEN. Our booster club kept its membership in the AHL and the UHL formed
booster clubs and we joined that also. Gwen Terpak continued as president followed
by Gene Wells and Theresa Prozeralik.  Another brand new crop of players for the
UHL included Rob Voltera, Patrice Robitaille, Dieter Kochan, Chris Grenville, Keith
Aucoin, Brad Jones, Derek Wood and Justin Plamondon.  The Icemen were the UHL's
Eastern Division Chanpions twice.  As the host of the 2000-2001 UHL All Star weekend
we got to see the Eastern Conference defeat their Western counterparts in the Skills
Competition. The Western Conference exacted revenge the following night by
overcoming a five goal deficit to defeat the East All-Stars by a score of 11-10.
Binghamton’s history in hockey covers 40 years with the
DUSTERS, WHALERS, RANGERS, ICEMEN, and now
SENATORS.  Our Booster Club has been giving ‘Extra
Effort’ awards to all our teams for ‘Hat Tricks’, ‘Shutouts’ ,
‘Five point nights’ starting in ....
2002 - Present
The Senator Years
The OTTAWA SENATORS hockey team has had a minor league affiliate since their
inception in 1992. They started out in New Haven, then Prince Edward Island, then
Worcester. They went to the IHL with Detroit, then Grand Rapids (while we were
ICEMEN in the UHL), then Grand Rapids in the AHL, and then to us, the BINGHAMTON
SENATORS in 2002.  Players like Jason Spezza, Chris Kelly, Ray Emery, Brian
McGrattan, Antoine Vermette, Andre Benoit, Ben Bishop, Brian Elliott, Eric Gryba,
Patrick Wiercioch, Robin Lehner and many more sharpened their skates on
Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena ice on their way to the NHL.  In 2008
Binghamton was host to the AHL All-Star festivities.  In 2011, for the second time in
the our 40+ year hockey history, the team made its way to the Calder Cup Finals.  This
time capturing the final series 4 games to 2 against the Houston Aeros, to win
The
Calder Cup !!  
2011 was a very good year, the majority of that team went on to the
NHL. Our new kids are doing quite well with a few Extra Efforts sprinkled in.