Dave Gross

Copy Editor / Sports Writer

Dave is an accomplished writer, editor, and broadcaster with more than 20 highly successful years in newspaper, television, radio, and communications. He has written for both the Ottawa Sun and Citizen as well as for national publications like The Hockey News and the National Post. At Postmedia News, Dave worked as a national editor/hockey and football writer for five years. His television experience includes reporting stints with CKCO-TV (Kitchener) and A-Channel (Ottawa). As for radio, Dave has been heard locally on both TEAM 1200 (now TSN 1200), CFRA and 1310NEWS. Raised in Montreal, Dave has also spent time in Toronto and Owen Sound (where he paid his dues!). He arrived in his new home of Ottawa in 1999.
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Tkachuk ka-chunks the opposition, repeatedly

Tkachuk ka-chunks the opposition, repeatedly

To Johnny (. . . and Jenny) Senator Fan, a few pressing internal thoughts and proposals and questions that need your attention. Have a look. Brady Tkachuk is a somewhat captivating character. This could be the understatement of the year. The second-year winger is kind of the anti-Mister Rogers. [...]

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Senator win string is perplexing for fans

Senator win string is perplexing for fans

Winning has never been so confusing. It’s the genesis of the angst Ottawa Senator fans are facing right now. In the case that you’ve been residing outside the nation’s capital (where no one seems to care what’s happening with this hockey club), Ottawa is a tidy 7-2 since Nov. [...]

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Special teams in Ottawa: the good and the bad

Special teams in Ottawa: the good and the bad

You can see why the Ottawa Senators excel in certain areas and fail in others. It’s right there in front of you. Plain as day. Head coach D.J. Smith has refined a penalty kill which in previous campaigns was far from refined. Last season Ottawa sat 23rd in the league on the penalty kill chart; [...]

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Early returns favouring most Canadian NHL teams

Early returns favouring most Canadian NHL teams

You couldn’t request and receive a better out-of-the-gate scenario for the majority of National Hockey League teams based here in Canada. As the league approaches the 20-game mark, let’s have a look at what’s been going right and what’s been going wrong for Canada’s seven [...]

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Senators’ problems are good problems to have

Senators’ problems are good problems to have

It really is looking like something of a perfect storm for Eugene Melnyk and Pierre Dorion. Public perception regarding the Ottawa Senators has been justifiably poor the past few years, but doesn’t it just seem the tide is shifting (somewhat)? Ottawa is in an ideal situation right now. Dedication [...]

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Shanaplan in Toronto heading for the dumpster

Shanaplan in Toronto heading for the dumpster

You really, truly don’t have it all that bad Ottawa. Check out the guys down the highway. No, not Montreal. Head in the other direction. For all the mea culpa’s running through the nation’s capital the last three years, at the very least there’s some semblance of direction. [...]

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Senator offence nothing to get Wild over

Senator offence nothing to get Wild over

Granted it is early but if the Ottawa Senators don’t find a way to discover a cure for their insipid power play, this is going to be one ugly beast of a season. I guess you could contend that no one should be surprised given the lip service offered up as this being a rebuilding season. Ottawa [...]

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Losing culture could be problematic down the road for Senators

Losing culture could be problematic down the road for Senators

PHOTO: Courtesy NHLI via Getty Images We realize over here in this corner that two games is indeed a small sample size, however it is troubling to watch this year’s (early) rendition of the Ottawa Senators creating, what you would hope, is not a template. Yes, it’s wondrous to fill the [...]

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Sens empty dust-bin of calamitous past few seasons

Sens empty dust-bin of calamitous past few seasons

“Who is Chris Tierney, Alex?” It’s the type of stumper that’ll perplex even the best of Jeopardy champions (even James Holzhauer, me-thinks). Answer being: This player lead the Ottawa Senators in scoring by a forward last season. Matt Duchene was long gone to Ohio by [...]

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It’s a happy new day in Leafs/Senators relationship

It’s a happy new day in Leafs/Senators relationship

Photo courtesy NHLI via Getty Images The National Hockey League’s trade deadline day, with all its pomp, build-up and platitudes, is generally a let-down in the drama department. The Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs though made sure this year’s version teed off with theatricals [...]

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