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Daniel Alfredsson

Born:December 11, 1972Draft:1994 Senators #133 Overall
Hometown:Göteborg, SwedenPosition:RW
Known For:“Pizza” LineShoots/Catches:Right
National Team:Sweden

Daniel Alfredsson (pronounced [ˈdɑ̂ːnɪɛl ˈâlfrɛdˌsɔn]; born 11 December 1972) is a Swedish-Canadian former professional ice hockey player. He spent 18 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL), 17 with the Ottawa Senators and his 18th with the Detroit Red Wings.

Alfredsson was the long-time captain of the Senators, serving from 1999 to 2013. With the Senators, Alfredsson usually played on the first line, which was formerly nicknamed the “CASH” or ‘Pizza’ line with centre Jason Spezza and left winger Dany Heatley, before Heatley’s trade to the San Jose Sharks. He was one of the league’s top two-way players, and he holds the Senators’ franchise records for goals (426), assists (682), and points (1,108) with 1,178 games played.

He had played for Sweden internationally 14 times, including the 2006 gold medal and 2014 silver medal-winning Olympic teams. He was the 75th player to reach 1,000 career points in the NHL, doing so after scoring three goals in a win over the Buffalo Sabres on 22 October 2010. Alfredsson holds an Honorary Degree from Carleton University.

Daniel Alfredsson Ottawa Senators
Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa Senators (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios via Getty Images Studios/Getty Images)

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Achievements

  • Captain of the Senators (1999-2013)
  • Inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame in 2018
  • Had his jersey (#11) retired by the Senators in 2016
  • Olympic Silver Medal (2014)
  • NHL Mark Messier Leadership Award (2013)
  • Played in six NHL All-Star Games (1996, 1997, 1998, 2004, 2008, 2012)
  • NHL Leadership-Humanitarian Award (King Clancy Trophy) (2012)
  • Olympic Gold Medal (2006)
  • NHL Second All-Star Team (2006)
  • Elitserien All-Star Team (2005)
  • Elitserien Champion (2005)
  • Two-time World Championship Silver Medalist (1995, 2004)
  • Two-time World Championship Bronze Medalist (1999, 2001)
  • NHL All-Rookie Team (1996)
  • Calder Memorial Trophy (1996)

Other Notable Achievements

  • Hold the Senators record for regular season goals, assists, and points
  • Scored the first shootout goal in NHL history during the 2005–06 season
  • Apr 10, 2010 was officially declared as “Daniel Alfredsson Day” in Ottawa, in honour of his 1,000th NHL game
  • Was the first European-born and trained captain to lead his team to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2007

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