from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,
Since retiring as a player, Daniel Alfredsson has experienced a run of salutations.
He now has the key to the city, membership in the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame and an honorary Doctor of Laws from Carleton University, among his credentials.
On Thursday, Alfredsson will watch his No. 11 Ottawa Senators jersey be raised to the rafters at the Canadian Tire Centre, prior to a game between the Senators and Red Wings. The ceremony starts at 6:30 p.m. sharp. Puck drop is 8:08 p.m. After the jersey retirement, there won’t be much left by way of honours, except this big one: Entry into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
While Alfredsson doesn’t have the slam-dunk numbers of Teemu Selanne, also eligible for Hall consideration next year, the elegant Swede has amassed a compelling argument over an 18-year NHL career, 17 of them in Ottawa where he served as captain for 13 seasons. He finished his final NHL season as a member of the Detroit Red Wings in 2013-14 before signing a one-day contract with Ottawa to officially end his career as a member of the Senators.
A glimpse at Alfredsson’s case:
BY THE NUMBERS
In 1,246 NHL games, Alfredsson was close to a point-per-game player with 444 goals and 713 assists for 1,157 points. Alfredsson had two 40-goal seasons (43, 40), one 100-point season (103 in 2005-06) and 13 times he scored 20 or more goals in a season. He added 100 playoff points (51 goals) in 124 post-season games.