It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of the Ottawa Senators. [picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=daniel+alfredsson&iid=8119643″ src=”d/5/3/a/Ottawa_Senators_v_654e.jpg?adImageId=12170977&imageId=8119643″ width=”234″ height=”317″ /]
In fact, they are the team I despise the most.
But I do want to take a moment to congratulate Daniel Alfredsson for playing in game 1,000 tonight.
While Alfie won’t make the hall of fame (although that’s up for debate), he’s been a great leader for Sens fans over the years. He does a lot of charity work off the ice, and followers of the team love his two-way play on the ice.
I would say he is one of the top three captains of the past ten years, and one of the classiest (along with Saku Koivu in Montreal and Nicklas Lidstrom in Detroit).
He is on the downside of his career (this year will be his lowest goals and points totals in the last 10 years), but he is still on the ice when a goal needs to be scored, when defence is needed and when it’s a tight game. He kills penalties and mans the powerplay.
His longevity and his success is a testament to the kind of guy he is: a worker who never gives up.
So here’s to 1,000 games for Daniel Alfredsson, the greatest superstar Ottawa has ever known.