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Daniel Alfredsson enjoying post-hockey life, intrigued by coaching his kids

06/12/2015 at 12:29am EDT

The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch spoke with Daniel Alfredsson while the former Senators forward was attending a charitable event in Ottawa, and while Alfredsson isn't exactly ready to rejoin the Senators right now, Garrioch was surprised to find that Alredsson, who still lives in Birmingham, Michigan, has become intrigued by the idea of coaching:

Following his retirement, Alfredsson watched a few games with Senators GM Bryan Murray along with assistants Pierre Dorion and Randy Lee to see what they're looking for when they scout players and then spent time in the front office to get a first-hand look at what goes into the scouting of players on a day-to-day basis.

That's why it's a little surprising he hasn't completely ruled out maybe playing a role on the coaching staff, but after spending time with his kids it sounds like he's enjoying being an on-ice teacher and mentor.

"I don't know. When that time comes you have to have that discussion with people that have been there and see what they think and what I could contribute with in different areas," said Alfredsson, who's still a major sponsor of the annual Ringside for Youth charity event for the Boys and Girls Club which was held Thursday evening at the Shaw Centre.

"I really enjoyed coaching the boys and it was a big learning curve for me as well. You know it's easy when you see things on the ice, 'Just do this' but you have to be able to explain it to eight year-olds or 12 year-olds in a way they might understand it and I really enjoy that. It's challenging, and I'm learning a lot from it too. I think I'm helping the kids become better and thinking in a different way than maybe I have with other coaches."

Garrioch continues, and there's a complicating factor here: it sounds like Alfredsson's family has settled in Metro Detroit, and Ottawa isn't exctly an everyday commute's distance from Metro Airport.

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