Senators retire Daniel Alfredssons No. 1

  • Daniel Alfred son became the first modern-day Senators player to have his jersey number retired. BY MURRAY PAMWith U2's 'Beautiful Day' providing background music, it was a beautiful evening in Ottawa as the Senators organization recognized Daniel Alfred sons career by raising his No.11 to the rafters Michael Brockers Jersey of the Canadian Tire Centre, becoming their first modern-day Senators player to receive such an honor.The familiar refrain of Alfie resonated throughout the building one more time as the Senators current senior advisor of hockey operations Trumaine Johnson Jersey was feted in front of approximately 75 family members and friends,many of whom made the trip from Sweden.There were also video tributes the likes of former teammate Wade Redden. Redden spoke eloquently of his close friend, "Your legacy will be a benchmark for current and future Senators."Alfred son's speech was filled with touching moments, thanking his parents, brother Henric, sister Cecilia, his wife Bibi and four sons.Alfred son also displayed his wry humor, "I'll never forget the Alfie chants. Although sometimes they were embarra sing, I loved it Nolan Cromwell Jersey ."He also quipped of forgetting his skates in Sweden when arrived for his first training camp. Alfred son ended up wearing skates that were two sizes too big.On the ice,Alfred son was the consummate profe sional,endearing himself to fans and players alike. Off the ice he was candid and genuine,an icon to the Ottawa community.Alfred sons stellar career was almost never meant to be. Bypa sed by scouts in the 1994 draft until Ferguson, the Benny Cunningham Jersey Senators director of player personnel took a flyer selecting the Frolunda junior 133rd overall.No one could've predicted he wouldplay 18 NHL seasons, including his first 17 in the city and country he now calls home.