According to reports, 41-year-old Daniel Alfredsson will retire from the NHL after 18 seasons due to a nagging back injury. He will finish his career as the highest scoring Ottawa Senator in franchise history.
After 18 seasons, it appears Daniel Alfredsson is finally hanging up the skates.
According to a report from TSN’s Darren Dreger, the long-time Ottawa Senator has decided that he will not return to action. Suffering from an injured disc in his back for some time, there was some doubt about if Alfredsson could even really continue his career.
Drafted in the sixth-round, 133rd overall, by the Ottawa Senators in 1994, Alfredsson burst onto the scene 1995-96. In his rookie season, he captured the Calder Trophy as the league’s most outstanding rookie, scoring 26 goals and totaling 61 points in 82 games.
In his 18 seasons in the NHL, Alfredsson was a model of consistency. He reached the 20-goal plateau 13 times in his career, with his career-high coming in 2005-06, when a 33-year-old Alfredsson tallied 43 goals. He would finish amongst the top-ten goal scorers three times during his career.
Spending 17 of his 18 years in Ottawa, he became the face of the franchise en route to becoming the team’s all-time leading scorer. In 1178 games with the Senators, the Swede amassed 426 goals and 1108 points, far and away ahead of the next highest scoring Senator, Jason Spezza, who sits at 687 points while in Canada’s capital.
In 2005-06, Alfredsson would captain the Ottawa Senators to the Stanley Cup Final, losing in five games to the Anaheim Ducks.
His final season did not come without some controversy. After bumbled contract negotiations between the Senators and Alfredsson, he left the only NHL city he had known to become a member of the Detroit Red Wings. He went on to tie for the lead in Red Wings scoring in 2013-14, at times being the go-to guy on a team that was without Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk.
While there were few personal accolades in his career – aside from the Calder Trophy, the only other individual awards were the 2012 King Clancy Memorial Trophy and 2013 Mark Messier Leadership Award – Alfredsson was the kind of player that was consistently great, even into his later years.
With an Olympic gold and Silver to his name, he was one of the greatest Swedes to ever play the game.
Undoubtedly, Alfredsson will be remembered for his years as a Senator and will be one of the first modern day Senators to have his number hoisted to the rafters of the Canadian Tire Centre.