BiographyAthlete : Hockey
Year Inducted: 2016
Date of Birth: December 11, 1972
Born in: Gothenburg, Sweden
Daniel Alfredsson, born in Sweden, developed into the most accomplished player in the modern-day history of the Ottawa Senators Hockey club. His leadership took the Senators to the 2007 Stanley Cup Finals, as well as a President’s Trophy and Eastern Conference final appearance in 2003. During his career, “Alfie” helped the Senators qualify for the playoffs in 14 of his 17 seasons, missing just two of the team’s 121 post-season games.
When the right-winger retired, he held several Senators’ records: most games played (1,178), goals (426), assists (682) and points (1,108) in the regular season; most games played (121), goals (51), assists (49) and points (100) in the playoffs; most points in a regular-season game (seven, three goals and four assists); and highest plus/minus rating of plus 42 in a season. His NHL careers stats were 1,246 games played, 444 goals, 713 assists, 1,157 points and 510 penalty minutes.
Alfredsson’s energy and determination for the game brought him many individual honours: Calder Memorial Trophy as NHL Rookie of the Year in 1996, the King Clancy Memorial Trophy in 2012 and Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award for his leadership on and off the ice. In 2008, he won the Guy Charbonneau Award as the top penalty-killer. He was also a seven-time NHL all-star, including the 2012 All-Star Game in Ottawa.
In 2015, the City of Ottawa presented Alfredsson with its highest honour, the key to the city. Ottawa also proclaimed April 6, 2010 as “Daniel Alfredsson Day” to coincide with his 1,000th NHL game, a first for the Senators. Internationally, Alfredsson was a significant player in the Swedish lineup, playing in five Olympic Winter Games (Gold in 2006, Silver in 2014), seven world championships (Silver in 1995 and 2004, Bronze in 1999 and 2001), and the World Cup of Hockey in 1996 and 2004. He played 88 games and recorded 32 goals, 42 assists for 74 points.
Away from the ice, the strong two-way player was a dedicated and fervent ambassador for the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health, the Ottawa Senators.