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DANIEL ALFREDSSON HUMBLED BY ‘TREMENDOUS HONOUR’

June 3, 2016

Daniel Alfredsson was originally stunned when he heard he was going to be inducted into the Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame.

After all, when he was originally drafted by the Ottawa Senators in 1994, he didn’t know if he would ever leave his native Sweden to play in the NHL.

When he first arrived in Ottawa, he thought he might last only a year or two. Accordingly, in the beginning, his knowledge of the city was basic.

“I knew it was the capital city, or at least I think I knew that, anyway,” Alfredsson joked before officially joining fellow inductees Bob O’Billovich, Jeff Bean, Tina Takahashi and Barclay Frost in the Hall of Fame Friday.

“I knew Canada loved hockey, but they weren’t very good at soccer. That was pretty much the extent of my knowledge at that point. I didn’t know what to expect.”

Beginning with his first modest apartment on Lyon Street, where he lived during his Calder Trophy winning season as NHL rookie of the year in 1995-96, Alfredsson certainly never imagined the life that was to come.

When his career finally ended after 1,246 games, 444 goals and 1,157 points, he also owned the legacy as the greatest player and captain in Senators history.

Way back when, though, the idea of one day joining the hallowed Sports Hall in his adopted second home was nowhere on the radar.

“When you look up the history, it’s so impressive,” said Alfredsson, now the Senators’ senior advisor of hockey operations.

“When I first found out (about the induction), I didn’t know how to react. When you play, you never think of situations like this. But being here now, it’s such a tremendous honour to be involved with the very best this city has ever had in sports. I’m extremely humbled by it.”

The Fantastic Five were all smiles as they went through their photo requirements before the formal ceremonies. They then followed a parade of bagpipes into the ceremony at Lansdowne Park’s Horticultural Building.

Alfredsson has been on a hectic schedule since returning to North America from Sweden late last week.

He joined Senators general manager Pierre Dorion at the NHL’s scouting combine in Buffalo earlier this week, helping prepare for the NHL entry draft June 24-25.

Dorion and Alfredsson continue to discuss how the former Senators captain can best help the club, but there has been no official change to his responsibilities or job title.

After a pitstop at home in Detroit — Alfredsson and his family are currently “in the process” of moving back here later this summer — he flew into Ottawa on Friday afternoon.

Alfredsson will return to another unfamiliar stage next week.

After receiving an honourary “Doctor of Laws” degree from Carleton University earlier this week, Alfredsson will speak to graduating students next week.

“No, I didn’t know that was coming,” Alfredsson said, with a laugh. “The first thing I asked was, ‘How can you get a degree, when you never went to school?’ I heard about the honourary part and I said I would be very honoured to be a part of that.

“It will be a great experience for me and hopefully I can give some words of wisdom to the graduating class.”

Current Senators captain Erik Karlsson, who attended the induction ceremonies, says Alfredsson is fully deserving of his spot in the hall — even though it came as a surprise.

“That’s not something that anybody really starts to think about it until, maybe, you get towards the end of your career, if you’ve had a successful career,” said Karlsson, who has looked up to Alfredsson as a mentor.

“But for him, being the person he is, I don’t think it even crossed his mind.”

Karlsson didn’t just praise his good friend. He was well aware that the night was about all five newcomers to the Hall of Fame, talking about the contributions of O’Billovich, Bean, Takahashi and Frost.

“They’ve all done such great things for the community,” Karlsson said. “There are so many kids that they inspired, as well. It’s not only hockey we have in this city. They’re all important. I think it’s great they have the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame for all of them.”

 

Footnote

Warren, K. (2016, June 3). Daniel Alfredsson humbled by ‘tremendous honour’ Retrieved from http://www.ottawasun.com/2016/06/03/daniel-alfredsson-humbled-by-tremendous-honour

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OTTAWA SPORT HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCES FIVE NEW INDUCTEES

April 7, 2016

OTTAWA, ON _ Daniel Alfredsson, who is recognized as one of the city’s greatest professional athletes as well as an unselfish humanitarian away from the arena, will be one of five new inductees into the Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame.

The 2016 induction ceremony is scheduled for Friday, June 3 in the Horticultural Building on the grounds of the rejuvenated Lansdowne Park. The building is located at 1525 Princess Patricia Way.

Alfredsson, a highly accomplished, all-around leader during his 17 years with the Ottawa Senators and the fifth longest-serving captain in the NHL, will be welcomed into the hall with fellow athletes Jeff Bean, a world championship silver medallist on the international freestyle skiing circuit, and Tina Takahashi, a female judo icon, as well as builders Bob O’Billovich, an all-rounder in football, and Barclay Frost, a veteran international and national track and field official.

Their inductions will boost membership in the Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame to 260 honoured sports figures, who were nominated and accepted either as athletes, builders, coaches or media. Two teams also have been inducted into the hall.

“I am in awe of the accomplishments of our inductees,” says Dave Best, the chair of the Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame. “This year’s class represents a diverse group from different sporting eras, each making significant contributions to elevating sports excellence within Ottawa. We’re happy for them, proud of their accomplishments and look forward to celebrating their efforts in Ottawa’s sporting heritage.”

Ottawa city council recognized the creation of the Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame in October, 1966. The hall officially opened April 25, 1968 in the upper concourse of the Ottawa Civic Centre (now TD Place Arena). In 2005, the hall moved to the former Scotiabank Place (now Canadian Tire Centre). But for the past four years, the plaques of the honoured members as well as sporting artifacts and memorabilia have been located in the Heritage Building at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave. East.

The evening to celebrate Ottawa’s sporting heritage begins with cocktails at 5 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and will be followed by the introduction and induction of the Class of 2016.

Tickets will go on sale Wednesday April 13th at 10:00am
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See full bios on the hall’s newest inductees here.

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