Saturday, July 11, 2009
July by the Numbers reaches #11 today in the form of the familiar number of Daniel Alfredsson.
Born in Sweden in 1972, Alfredsson is currently the captain of the Ottawa Senators. The high scoring Alfredsson holds the Senators franchise records for goals (355), assists (566) and, naturally, points with 921 as well as games played, currently at 932.
He would win the Calder Memorial Trophy in 1995-96, as well as represent the Senators in the NHL All-Star Game in his first three seasons.
His best season to date was in the 2005-06 season when he tallied 43 goals and 60 assists for 103 points, topping the 100 mark for the only time in his career after being paired up with linemates Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza.
On October 5th of that season, Alfredsson became the first player to score a goal in the newly instituted shootout, beating Ed Belfour of Ontario rivals the Toronto Maple Leaf, and as a result, his stick now resides in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
During the lockout season of 2004-05, he would return to his home country of Sweden and help Frölunda win the Swedish Championship.
In 2006-07 the Senators would reach the Stanley Cup Finals, making Alfredsson the first European-born-and-raised captain to do so.
The jersey I am featuring today is a Koho 2003-04 Ottawa Senators Alternate Daniel Alfredsson jersey. This alternate jersey was first introduced in the 2000-01 season and was worn through the 2006-07 campaign.
My example has the rare white version of the Roger Neilson memorial patch, only worn on the black alternate jerseys. It was the only patch worn on this jersey style throughout it's history and depicts one of the colorful neckties that Neilson was known for wearing behind the bench. The home red and road white jerseys had the regular black version of the "Roger" patch.
Alfredsson has also played for Sweden 12 times, including seven World Championships, the World Cup of Hockey twice, and three Olympic Games, including winning the gold medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy.