| 5 ft 11.5 in (1.82 m)|
205 lb (93 kg/14 st 9 lb)
|NHL Team||Ottawa Senators|
|Born|| December 11, 1972,|
|NHL Draft|| 133rd overall, 1994|
|Pro career||1995 – present|
</div></div> Daniel Alfredsson (born December 11, 1972) of Gothenburg, Sweden, is a professional Swedish ice hockey player. He is the Captain of the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is considered a leader by example and has been compared to former Detroit Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman in his value to the Senators. A right winger with the Senators, Alfredsson usually plays on the first line, nicknamed the 'CASH' or 'Pizza' line with centre Jason Spezza and left winger Dany Heatley. He is one of the league's top scoring players, and he holds the Senators' franchise records for goals (331), assists (516), and points (847). He has played for Sweden internationally twelve times, including the 2006 gold medal winning Olympic squad.
Drafted 133rd overall in the sixth round in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, Alfredsson was a fortuitous pick by the Senators. In his first NHL season in 1995–96 he won the Calder Memorial Trophy for rookie of the year and was the Senators' representative at the NHL All-Star Game. In 1996–97, he improved on his rookie totals and played in the All-Star Game again. He finished second in team scoring, contributing to the Senators' first modern playoff qualification, which ended in a first-round elimination.
Alfredsson started the 1997–98 season late because of a contract dispute. He signed a new deal on October 12, 1997, for $14 million over four years. Although he missed the first five games of the season, he was greeted with a standing ovation in his first game back. Alfredsson was named the Senators' representative at the All-Star Game for the third consecutive season. During the season, Alfredsson injured his ankle forcing him to play in only 55 games. The Senators qualified for the playoffs again and defeated the New Jersey Devils, but lost to the Washington Capitals. Alfredsson scored seven goals in 11 playoff games.
In 1998–99, Alfredsson missed 24 games because of injury, and was limited to 11 goals. The club again qualified for the playoffs, and Alfredsson hoped to have a good postseason, but was limited to one goal and three points in a sweep by the Buffalo Sabres. The next season, he was named captain when then-captain Alexei Yashin refused to play. Alfredsson's scoring totals improved from the previous season, with 21 goals and 59 points in 57 games. In the playoffs, the Senators met the Toronto Maple Leafs Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. The Senators lost this first "Battle of Ontario", although Alfredsson scored three goals in the six-game series.
Alfredsson continued as captain the following season 2000–01, after Yashin returned to the lineup. Alfredsson scored 24 goals and 70 points in 68 games. The Senators met the Leafs again in the first round, and Alfredsson was limited to one goal in a four-game series sweep. In 2001–02, Alfredsson set a personal best with 37 goals and 71 points in 78 games. In the playoffs, the Senators met the Leafs in the second round, where they lost in seven games. Alfredsson led the team in playoff scoring with seven goals and 13 points in 12 games.
Alfredsson signed a two-year contract before the 2002–03 season. He increased his scoring totals, finishing with 27 goals and 78 points. The club won the President's Trophy that season despite the organization declaring bankruptcy, and qualified for the Eastern Conference Finals before losing to the eventual Stanley Cup champion New Jersey Devils. Alfredsson scored four goals and eight points in 18 games.
In 2003–04, Alfredsson finished the season with 32 goals and 80 points in 78 games. The club lost its first-round playoff to Toronto, and Alfredsson was limited to one goal and three points in the seven-game series. During the season, Alfredsson signed a contract extension with the Ottawa Senators for an additional five years.
Like many NHL players, Alfredsson played for a European team during the NHL lockout. He returned to Sweden to play for Frölunda HC, the team he had played for before joining Ottawa. He played on an all-NHL line with P. J. Axelsson and Samuel Påhlsson, helping the club win the Swedish Championship. Alfredsson was a major contributor during the playoffs, scoring 12 goals and 18 points in 14 games.
On October 5, 2005, opening night for the 2005–06 NHL season, the Senators played the Maple Leafs, and Dany Heatley was playing with Jason Spezza and Brandon Bochenski on the top line. When the Senators were down with five minutes remaining in the third period, Alfredsson replaced Bochenski and scored the tying goal, creating the 'CASH line'. Later in that game, Heatley and Alfredsson scored the first goals in an NHL shootout when they scored against Leafs goalie Ed Belfour for a 3–2 victory. Their sticks were subsequently sent to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Alfredsson capped off the 2005–06 regular season with a career high 103 points, tied for first on the Senators with Heatley. Perhaps his best game was on November 3, 2005, against the Buffalo Sabres where he scored a then career-high four goals and six points. After a sub-par 2006 playoffs and poor play to start the season, Alfredsson became the subject of trade rumors from the beginning of the 2006–07 season. He improved his game, attributing the change to a change in skates, and had a six-game scoring streak soon after. On Saturday, December 23, 2006, against the Philadelphia Flyers, he notched his 600th career point, scoring two goals and adding an assist.
In the 2007 playoffs, Alfredsson was the leading scorer with 14 goals and 22 points in 20 games. He greatly helped the Senators as they advanced past the Pittsburgh Penguins and the New Jersey Devils. His improved play also helped the Senators advance to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in modern franchise history. He became the first European-born-and-raised captain to lead his team to the Stanley Cup Finals. When presented with the Prince of Wales Trophy, he posed while touching the trophy, which most hockey players consider bad form and bad luck.
Alfredsson was Ottawa's best player in the finals, although the Senators lost to the Anaheim Ducks. In a controversial incident in game four, an Alfredsson slap shot hit Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer at the end of the second period, leading to speculation that it was Alfredsson's intent to injure Niedermayer. Alfredsson said that he had glanced up at the clock to see if he had time to move in for a better shot, and then fired.
Along with the rest of the Senators, Alfredsson's 2007–08 season was marked by highs and lows. On January 24, 2008, he scored three goals and four assists in an 8–4 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. It put him into the NHL scoring lead during the All-Star Game break. He was named NHL player of the week and its first star. Alfredsson and his linemates Heatley and Spezza were named to the All-Star game roster, although Heatley could not play because of injury. Injuries reduced Alfredsson's playing time and effectiveness in the latter half of the season. First, Alfredsson suffered a hip pointer injury, and on April 3, 2008, Mark Bell of the Maple Leafs hit him with a high shoulder check that left Alfredsson on the ice, unable to get up for several minutes. He missed the final game of the regular season and was out for the beginning playoffs. He had played in every Senators playoff game to that point.
On April 14, 2008, with the Ottawa Senators trailing in their playoff series 2–0, Alfredsson made his return four weeks early in game three, in Ottawa. He was welcomed with a lengthy standing ovation. However, the Senators gave up four unanswered goals (three in the third period) to lose the game 4–1. The Senators lost game four 3–1. Afterwards, in an interview on CBC, he admitted he had been playing with a ruptured medial collateral ligament.
The Ottawa Senators announced October 10, 2008 that captain Daniel Alfredsson will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. The surgery is designed to remove a bone chip in his right knee that was dislodged during the Senators second game of the season against the Pittsburgh Penguins on October 5th, 2008.
On October 30, 2008, Alfredsson agreed to a four-year contract extension worth $21.6 million. The contract, intended to allow Alfredsson to finish his playing career in Ottawa, includes a no-movement clause.
|Olympic medal record|
|Men's Ice hockey|
|Bronze||2001 Cologne/Hanover||Ice hockey|
|Silver||2004 Prague/Ostrava||Ice hockey|
|Silver||1995 Stockholm||Ice hockey|
|Bronze||1999 Oslo/Hamar||Ice hockey|
|Gold||2006 Turin||Ice hockey|
Participated in 12 Sweden international teams:
- 1995 World Championships (silver medal)
- 1996 World Championships
- 1996 World Cup of Hockey
- 1997 World Championships
- 1998 Winter Olympics
- 1999 World Championships (bronze medal)
- 2001 World Championships (bronze medal)
- 2002 Winter Olympics
- 2004 World Championships (silver medal)
- 2004 World Cup of Hockey
- 2005 World Championships
- 2006 Winter Olympics (alternate captain, gold medal)
In the 2006 tournament, he set highs in goals (5), assists (5) and points (10) and played on the second line with Mats Sundin and Henrik Zetterberg. After an injury to Peter Forsberg, Alfredsson took Forsberg's spot as the alternate captain, along with Sundin and defenseman Nicklas Lidström.
Daniel is married to Bibi Alfredsson and is the father of three sons, Hugo, Loui, and Fenix, the most recent which arrived 2008-06-04. The family resides in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and Särö, Sweden. Alfredsson's parents are Hasse and Margareta Alfredsson.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|1995 World Championships||8||3||1||4||4|
|1996 World Cup of Hockey||4||0||0||0||2|
|1996 World Championships||6||1||2||3||4|
|1997 World Championships||4||0||0||0||2|
|1999 World Championships||10||4||5||9||8|
|2001 World Championships||9||3||5||8||8|
|2004 World Cup of Hockey||4||0||6||6||2|
|2004 World Championships||8||4||2||6||8|
|2005 World Championships||9||3||6||9||6|
|World Championship Totals||54||18||22||40||40|
- 1996 — NHL All-Rookie Team
- 1996 — Calder Memorial Trophy
- 1996 — Played in NHL All-Star Game
- 1997 — Played in NHL All-Star Game
- 1998 — Played in NHL All-Star Game
- 2004 — Played in NHL All-Star Game
- 2004-05 — Elitserien Championship
- 2005-06 — Second Team All-Star 
- 2006 — Gold medal at the Winter Olympics
- 2008 — Starter to NHL All-Star Game, Guy Carbonneau Award for 'Top Penalty-Killer'
Records and achievementsEdit
- Is the Senators all-time leader in games played, goals, assists and points.
- Holds the Senators record for highest +/- rating in a season, set in 2006-07 with +42.
- Holds the Senators record for most points in a regular season game, set in 2007-08 with 3 goals and 4 assists for 7 points.
- Holds the following Senators playoff records: most games played (he has played in all 99 playoff games of the modern Senators), goals, assists and points.
- Set the Senators record for most goals in a playoff run with 14 in the 2006-07 playoffs. He also led the league in goals during the 2006-07 playoffs and tied line mates Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley with 22 points to lead the league in playoff scoring.
- November 10, 2007 - Scored the 300th goal of his career.
- January 24, 2008 - Scored the 500th assist of his career. Alfredsson also set a team record for the most points in a regular season game with 7 (3 goals, 4 assists).
- Won the first major award in modern Senators history when he was awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy in 1995-96.
- Finished 4th in Selke Trophy voting as the best defensive forward in 2005-06.
- Finished 4th in Lady Byng Memorial Trophy voting as the NHL's most gentlemanly player in 2005-06.
- Finished 2nd in Lady Byng Memorial Trophy voting in 2003-04.
In 2008, an Ottawa radio station launched 'The Church of Alfie' , a website and campaign playing on the fanatical worship of Senators fans' devotion to Daniel Alfredsson.
- Is the first European-born and raised captain to lead his team to the Stanley Cup Finals. Two European-born captains (Johnny Gottselig and Chuck Gardiner of the Chicago Blackhawks) have led their teams to the finals.
- Improved his point totals for six consecutive seasons from 1998-99 to 2005-06 inclusive, a franchise record.
- Will appear on the cover of the Swedish version of the 'NHL 09' video game.
Notes and references Edit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Scanlan, Wayne (January 26, 2008), "Captains Courageous; When it comes to leading by example, few have been better at it than Daniel Alfredsson and Steve Yzerman", The Ottawa Citizen: pg C1
- ↑ Lefebvre, Jean (December 5, 2005), "What's my line?: Naming Sens trio as hard as stopping 'em", Calgary Herald: F5
- ↑ Garrioch, Bruce (October 2, 2007), "Pizza Line Ordered Up", Ottawa Sun
- ↑ Casey, Tom (May 18, 1998), "Diary of a season: It had a bit of everything, from trades, to holdouts, to injuries and playoff races", The Ottawa Citizen: D4
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 MacGregor, Roy (April 22, 1999), "Alfredsson enjoys fresh start in stale result; The clean start: Ottawa Senator Daniel Alfredsson hopes the stains of a disappointing season can be washed away in the playoff rinse", National Post: pg. B14
- ↑ THN staff (November 2, 2007). "THN Cover Count". The Hockey News. Retrieved on 2007-11-30.
- ↑ Citizen staff (November 17, 2005), "The Cash Line easily wins the vote", Ottawa Citizen: C1
- ↑ http://web.archive.org/web/20080529012657/http://brightbill.covblogs.com/archives/whythesenswilllose.jpg
- ↑ "Alfredsson and Senators agree to four-year deal", TSN.ca (October 30, 2008). Retrieved on 30 October 2008.
- ↑ "Baby boy for Alfredsson", Ottawa Sun, Slam! Sports (2008-06-05). Retrieved on 5 June 2008.
- ↑ The Hockey News: p. 29, 2008-04-29
- ↑ The Canadian Press (2008-06-09). "FLAMES' PHANEUF TO GRACE THE COVER OF 'NHL 09'". TSN.ca. Retrieved on 2008-06-10.
- Daniel Alfredsson's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
- Ottawa Senators.com - Career Notes
- Q & A with Alfredsson (2000)
|Winner of the Calder Trophy|
| Succeeded by|
|Ottawa Senators captains|
1999 – present
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