The Ottawa Senators saw forward Daniel Alfredsson play in 1,178 career NHL games with the Atlantic Division NHL club during his hockey career. He recorded 426 goals and 1,108 points in the process, putting up all but 49 of his career NHL points with the Senators.
Now, the team is retiring his number to honor the time he spent with the club. Per the official press release:
“Daniel is an iconic figure in the history of our franchise,” said owner Eugene Melnyk. “We are very excited to announce that the Senators Player Honouring Committee has unanimously decided that as we embark on the Ottawa Senators 25th season in the NHL, this would be the perfect time to have Daniel’s number 11 raised to the rafters of Canadian Tire Centre,” said Senators owner and chief executive officer Eugene Melnyk. “Daniel has consistently demonstrated class and excellence throughout his NHL career so it is only fitting his jersey number be retired to hang alongside the number 8 of legendary Frank Finnigan.”
It was announced on Tuesday morning that Ottawa will be retiring the number 11 this season in honor of Alfredsson, and will hold a ceremony to formally do so on December 29th in a game against the Detroit Red Wings (the only other NHL club Alfredsson played for).
A native of Gothenburg, Sweden, the 43-year-old former winger was drafted 133rd overall by Ottawa in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.
He would then go on to become the highest-scoring player in Senators history, win the Calder Memorial Trophy in his rookie season (winning the first major NHL award for a player on the franchise), appear in six All-Star Games, and skate out in the most playoff games of any player on the franchise so far (with a whopping 121). He boasts two Olympic medals, as well, as he has won both a gold from the 2006 Olympics and a silver from the 2014 Olympics.