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Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
Height
Weight
5 ft 11.5 in (1.82 m)
205 lb (93 kg)
NHL Team Ottawa Senators
Nationality SWE
Born December 11 1972 (1972-12-11) (age 37),
Gothenburg, Sweden
NHL Draft 133rd overall, 1994
Ottawa Senators
Pro Career 1995 – present

Daniel Alfredsson (born December 11, 1972) is a Swedish professional 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, and he has traditionally been the fourth forward on the ice in the role of pointman on Ottawa'a powerplay. He is one of the league's top scoring players, and he holds the Senators' franchise records for goals (355), assists (566), and points (921) with 932 games played. He has played for Sweden internationally twelve times, including the 2006 gold medal winning Olympic squad.

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Playing career

Drafted 133rd overall in the sixth round in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, Alfredsson was a serendipitous pick by the Senators. He had been overlooked by many NHL scouts, but one man in Ottawa's front office, John Ferguson, saw the potential and pushed management for his selection. Though largely unheralded entering his first NHL training camp, he would go on to win the Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year in his first NHL season in 1995–96 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 Alexei Yashin was stripped of the captaincy after refusing to honor his contract. 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 in the 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 filing for bankruptcy protection, 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.

[[Image:THN Cover April 1.jpg|left|thumb|150px|Cover of Hockey News, April 1, 2008
His seventh appearance on the cover.

Like many NHL players, Alfredsson played for a European team during the 2004–05 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, with newly acquired Dany Heatley playing on the top line with Jason Spezza and Brandon Bochenski. The Senators were down by a goal with five minutes remaining in the third period, and Alfredsson replaced Bochenski and scored the tying goal. This line combination would remain intact, and became known as the 'CASH line'. Later in the same game, Heatley and Alfredsson scored the first goals in a regular season NHL shootout when they scored against Leafs goalie Ed Belfour for a 3–2 victory. With Alfredsson scoring in the shootout, he became the first captain in the NHL history to do so. Alfredsson and Heatley's sticks were subsequently sent to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Alfredsson capped off the 2005–06 regular season with a career high 103 points (43 goals and 60 assists) tied for first on the Senators along with Heatley. Perhaps the best game of his NHL career took place on November 3, 2005, against the longtime rival Buffalo Sabres, in which 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 reversal in part 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 and leadership 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 finals. When presented with the Prince of Wales Trophy, he posed while touching the trophy, which many hockey players consider a form of bad luck.

Alfredsson was arguably Ottawa's best player in the finals, which the Senators lost to the Anaheim Ducks in a five game series. 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 unfounded speculation that Alfredsson intended 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. In doing so Alfredsson has the Senators record for most points in one game. It vaulted him into the NHL scoring lead at the All-Star 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 shoulder that left Alfredsson on the ice, unable to get up for several minutes He missed the final game of the regular season and the beginning of the playoffs. He had played in every modern Senators playoff game up to that point. On April 14, 2008, with the Ottawa Senators trailing in their playoff series 2–0 to the Pittsburgh Penguins, Alfredsson made his return four weeks early in game three. 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.

In October, 2008, Alfredsson underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to remove a bone chip. 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.

International play

Participated in 12 Sweden international teams:

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.

Career statistics

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Regular season and playoffs

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1992–93 Frölunda HC SEL 21 1 5 6 8
1993–94 Frölunda HC SEL 39 20 10 30 18 4 1 1 2 8
1994–95 Frölunda HC SEL 22 7 11 18 22
1995–96 Ottawa Senators NHL 82 26 35 61 28
1996–97 Ottawa Senators NHL 76 24 47 71 30 7 5 2 7 6
1997–98 Ottawa Senators NHL 55 17 28 45 18 11 7 2 9 20
1998–99 Ottawa Senators NHL 58 11 22 33 14 4 1 2 3 4
1999–2000 Ottawa Senators NHL 57 21 38 59 28 6 3 1 4 2
2000–01 Ottawa Senators NHL 68 24 46 70 30 4 1 0 1 2
2001–02 Ottawa Senators NHL 78 37 34 71 45 12 7 6 13 4
2002–03 Ottawa Senators NHL 78 27 51 78 42 18 4 4 8 12
2003–04 Ottawa Senators NHL 77 32 48 80 24 7 1 2 3 2
2004–05 Frölunda HC SEL 15 8 9 17 10 14 12 6 18 8
2005–06 Ottawa Senators NHL 77 43 60 103 50 10 2 8 10 4
2006–07 Ottawa Senators NHL 77 29 58 87 42 20 14 8 22 10
2007–08 Ottawa Senators NHL 70 40 49 89 34 2 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Ottawa Senators NHL 79 24 50 74 24
SEL totals 97 36 35 71 58 18 13 7 20 16
NHL totals 932 355 566 921 409 101 43 37 80 66

International

    Tournament
Event GP G A Pts PIM
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
1998 Olympics 4 2 3 5 2
1999 World Championships 10 4 5 9 8
2001 World Championships 9 3 5 8 8
2002 Olympics 4 1 4 5 2
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
2006 Olympics 8 5 5 10 2
Olympic Totals 16 8 12 20 6
World Championship Totals 54 18 22 40 40

Awards

  • 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 achievements

Milestones

  • 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 101 of the 103 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).

Awards

  • Won the first major award in modern Senators history when he was awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy in 1995–96.

Nominations

  • 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.

Other

  • 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.
  • Appears on the cover of the Swedish version of the 'NHL 09' video game.

External links

  • Daniel Alfredsson's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
  • Ottawa Senators.com - Career Notes
  • Q & A with Alfredsson (2000)

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Preceded by
Peter Forsberg
Winner of the Calder Trophy
1996
Succeeded by
Bryan Berard
Preceded by
Alexei Yashin
Ottawa Senators captains
1999 – present
Incumbent
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