Thursday, January 26, 2017

Daniel Alfredsson Swatch Card

There have been a few tear-inducing, touching moments in Ottawa Senators achievements this year, including the team making former coach and GM Bryan Murray the first inductee in its Ring Of Honor.

Closely tied to Murray is Daniel Alfredsson, the Sens' longest-serving captain and team leader in most offensive categories. Alfie himself was honored last month, as the team retired his #11:

Alfredsson isn't just the landmark Senator, the team's first player to win a major award (Calder Trophy), the first NHLer to score a shootout goal, the first European to captain his team to a Stanley Cup Final (losing to the Murray-built Anaheim Ducks in 2007), the only Sen to improve his points total in six consecutive seasons (1998-99 to 2005-06), but he was also Team Sweden's leading scorer in its Olympic gold medal run in 2006.

He will be an IIHF Hall Of Famer (Olympic gold and silver medalist, two-time World Championship silver medalist, with two bronze medals for good measure) as well as a Hockey Hall Of Famer, what with 444 goals, 713 assists and 1157 points (all Sens team records) in 1246 regular-season games (one short of Chris Phillips' team record), as well as 51 goals, 49 assists and 100 points (all Sens records) in 124 playoff games. His 22 points in the 2006-07 playoffs - tied with teammates Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley - were tops in the NHL.

Here he is wearing the Sens' white (away) uniform, on card #9 from Panini's 2011-12 Pinnacle collection and Threads sub-set:
It features a black game-worn jersey swatch.

Alfredsson is currently the Sens' senior advisor of hockey operations, sort of an associate-GM position mixed with player-development capabilities, as he sometimes takes to the ice after team practices to help youngsters with certain parts of their game.

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