Thursday, December 4, 2014

Daniel Alfredsson Returns to Ottawa to Call it a Career

Daniel Alfredsson will retire as an Ottawa Senator on Thursday, after signing a one-day deal with the club.


Alfredsson, who was the Sens' captain for 13 of his 17 years spent in Ottawa, will skate warmups with the team before their game vs. the Islanders on Thursday, then take part in a ceremony.

"I worked hard to rehab my back this summer so I could play another year. However, about three weeks ago I realized it's time to retire," he said. "It's another hard decision."

The hard-working, gifted playmaker will conclude a career that saw him play 1246 games and score 444 goals. He will finish his career with the second-most points of any Swedish-born NHL player (1,157, behind only Mats Sundin). The six-time NHL all-star scored 100 playoff points for Ottawa, which is a franchise record.

One of Alfredsson's most memorable goals in Ottawa was this overtime winner that sent the franchise to its first Stanley Cup final in 2007.

"Without question Daniel has been the greatest player that this city has ever seen in many, many different ways," Senators owner, governor and chairman Eugene Melnyk said. "As a player on the ice, as a leader on the ice.