Thursday, October 1, 2009
It was on this date in 1999 that Daniel Alfredsson was named captain of the Ottawa Senators.
Previous Senators captain, Russian Alexi Yashin, who became captain in 1998-99 and was the original Senators draft pick, second overall in 1992, had already been involved in a contract holdout at the start of the 1995-96 season which lasted until late December and concluded with Yashin signing a new contract.
Prior to the start of the 1999-00 season, Yashin refused to report for the final year of the contract signed in 1995, demanding a raise. When the Senators refused, Yashin demanded a trade. Not only did Ottawa refuse to grant his trade request, they stripped the petulant Yashin of his captaincy and awarded it to Daniel Alfredsson, who continues to hold the position, now for ten years as of today.
Alfredsson had been selected in the sixth round by Ottawa in 1994 and would win the Calder Trophy in 1995-96 after a rookie campaign in which he would score 26 goals and 35 assists for 61 points and represent the Senators at the NHL All-Star Game in Boston.
He would increase his point total by ten, to 71, in his second season and again make the All-Star Game while helping Ottawa qualify for the playoffs for the first time.
1997-98 would see him sign play only 55 games due to an ankle injury, but he would once again be named to the All-Star Game. On the Senators return to the playoffs, Alfredsson would score 7 goals in 11 games as they advanced to the second round for the first time.
Injuries would again limit him in 1998-99. He would score just 11 goals and 33 points, his lowest NHL season totals, in just 58 games.
While again playing less than 60 games in 1999-2000, a more productive Alfredsson, now named team captain, would score 59 points from 57 games, roughly twice the rate of the previous season.
Yashin would return to the Senators after his season long hold out to play out the final year of his contract, but Alfredsson would remain as the Senators captain despite the Russian's return. Alfredsson's games played would increase to 68 and he would maintain his previous season's scoring pace with 70 points.
Today's featured jersey is a ProPlayer 2000-01 Ottawa Senators Daniel Alfredsson jersey. This jersey features the Hockey Fights Cancer patch, worn for one game only by each NHL team's captain sometime in mid-January. The jerseys are then auctioned off for charity as part of the subsequent NHL All-Star Game's weekend festivities.
The original emboridered patches are not available for public sale and are another of my custom made patches using my transfer printing method.
Here is a an NHL Player Profile on Daniel Alfredsson.