From 1996 to 2013, Daniel Alfredsson played his National Hockey League career with the Ottawa Senators. For his contributions, he received a key to the city of Ottawa, as per The Canadian Press.
The 42-year-old spent 17 of his 18 NHL seasons with the Senators before signing with the Detroit Red Wings. Alfredsson officially retired this past December as a member of the Senators after signing a one-day contract.
Alfredsson was moved by the city’s offering and says he always enjoyed being an active member of the community.
“It’s humbling there’s no question,” he said. “I think I’ll always underestimate the recognition I get in this city and the response I’ve been getting has been overwhelming at times. I’m very proud to be getting this recognition and I feel it’s something I want to share with everybody that helped me to get it.”
It was first reported in January that Alfredsson would receive such a distinction from the city.
In December, Alfredsson retired as a Senator after signing a one-day contract, after his final year in the league as a player coming with the Detroit Red Wings.