Bingo! Cheechoo starts with bang

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:15 AM ET

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- Don't tell Jonathan Cheechoo his NHL career is over.

The one-time 56-goal scorer and Rocket Richard Trophy winner -- whose career had fallen so far he cleared waivers after being cast off by the Senators -- is determined to get back to the NHL.

He started by scoring a goal and adding an assist in his debut for the Binghamton Senators, a 4-2 win over Rochester Sunday.

"It was a little different," Cheechoo, who had just five goals for Ottawa in 61 games since being acquired in the Dany Heatley trade with San Jose, told the Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin.

"I haven't played (in the AHL) in about seven or so years, but regardless, it's still hockey and I had a lot of fun out there. And it was great to get a goal and help the team win.

"I just want to come out, and I want to improve my game. You know, try to make the NHL take notice."

Cheechoo, who was given the Olympic break off by Senators GM Bryan Murray, isn't sure what the future holds.

They haven't really talked to me. I'll talk to them when I get back," Cheechoo said.

"But if it is (too return to Binghamton), then I come back and I make the most of it."


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