Prime Minister: Jean Chrétien
Ontario Premier: Mike Harris
Ottawa Mayor: Jacquelin Holzman
The Cost of Living in Ottawa 1996 VS Today
Ottawa Rough Riders in 1996
1996 was the final season for the Ottawa Rough Riders. The franchise folded at the end of year after Revenue Canada froze its assets.
– The team was owned by the late American businessman Horn Chen, who allegedly never saw the team play and ‘regretted’ buying the team. Chen also owned the rights to the Rough Riders name.
– The team went 3-15 on the field that season, missing the playoffs.
– The Rough Riders had 3 all-stars that season, Lamar McGriggs, Joseph Rogers, and Kenny Wilhite.
– The Rough Riders averaged 16,147 fans per game during their final season.
MEMORABLE OTTAWA SENATORS MOMENTS OF 1996
The Corel Centre (called the Palladium for the first month) opened in January of 1996. It’s first event was a Bryan Adams concert, on January 15th of that year.
Pierre Gauthier made a few other trades during 1996, including:
– Shawn McEachern from Boston for Trent McCleary and a 3rd Rounder
– Jason York, Shaun Van Allen + Mika Stromberg from Anaheim for Ted Drury and Marc Moro
– Christer Olsson for Pavol Demitra
Pierre Gauthier became the Senators new General Manager after Randy Sexton was fired. Gauthier’s big first move was signing holdout Alexei Yashin, then trading #1 overall pick Bryan Berard (who had refused to report to Ottawa) as part of a 3-team trade with Toronto and the Islanders that saw Wade Redden and Damian Rhodes come to Ottawa in January of 1996.
The first Senators game at the Corel Centre was on January 17th, 1996 where the Senators lost 3-0 to the Montreal Canadiens. Don Beaupre was the Senators goalie for that first game at the Corel Centre.
Daniel Alfredsson won the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s Top Rookie in 1996, after leading the Senators in scoring with 26 goals, 35 assists and 61 points in his first season.
The Senators had 3 head coaches and 2 General Managers over the course of the 1996 season. The season began with Rick Bowness as Head Coach, but he was fired after a 6-13 start. Dave Allison became the next Head Coach. The Senators went 2-22-1 under his lead, and his tenure didn’t last long. Jacques Martin came in to finish the season.
The Senators finished last in the NHL for the fourth straight season, which gave them the #1 overall pick. Ottawa selected Chris Phillips #1 overall in that 1996 NHL Draft. They also signed Ron Tugnutt, Sergei Zholtok, Denny Lambert, and Phil Crowe as free agents.
SPORTS IN 1996
NHL: Colorado swept Florida 4-0 to win the Stanley Cup
NFL: Dallas Cowboys beat the Pittsburgh Steelers to win the Super Bowl
NBA: Chicago Bulls beat Seattle Supersonics 4-2 in best of 7 to win the NBA Championship
MLB: NY Yankees beat the Atlanta Braves 4-2 in best of 7 to win the World Series
CFL: Toronto Argonauts beat the Edmonton Eskimos 43-37 in the ‘Snow Bowl’ to win the Grey Cup
OTTAWA LYNX IN 1996
In 1996, the Ottawa Lynx were the Montreal Expos Triple A team. For those who are too young to remember, the Lynx were the toast of the town in the early ‘90’s, breaking previous attendance records for the team.
POPULAR MOVIE THEATRES AROUND OTTAWA IN 1996:
– The Britannia Drive-In was still open (it would close the next year to be replaced by the Colisseum Movie Theatre)
– The Westgate Mall movie theatre
– The Kanata Town Centre movie theatre
POPULAR OTTAWA RADIO STATIONS IN 1996:
– KOOL FM 93.9
– ENERGY 1200
– MAJIC 100.3FM
– 106.9FM The Bear
– CHEZ 106.1 FM
– CFRA 580AM
– Oldies 1310
– CKBY Country 105.3
OTTAWA-MADE TV SHOWS IN 1996:
The Tom Green Show – Rogers 22
Homegrown Cafe – CJOH (CTV Ottawa)
On The Road Again – CBC Ottawa
1996 IN POP CULTURE:
The 5 Most popular movies in 1996 were:
1. Independence Day
3. Mission: Impossible
4. The Rock
5. The Nutty Professor
The 5 Most Popular TV Shows in 1996 Were:
3. Suddenly Susan
5. The Naked Truth
The Top 5 Songs of 1996 Were:
1. Macarena – Los Del Rio
2. One Sweet Day – Mariah Carey + Boyz II Men
3. Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion
4. Nobody Knows – The Tony Rich Project
5. Always Be My Baby – Mariah Carey
The Most Popular Hairstyles of 1996 Were:
Wild Streaks (Women)
Caesar Bangs, ‘George Clooney’ Style (Men)