Daniel Alfredsson is returning to the Ottawa Senators and this time it will be as a senior advisor of hockey operations.
“I am excited for our fans and our team that Daniel has agreed to begin the second part of his storied hockey career right where he belongs – with the Senators. Daniel has been an exceptional part of our team’s history. He was a tremendous leader on the ice and equally in our community. I very much want him to continue to be part of our hockey club and our city,” said team owner Eugene Melnyk, per the team’s website. “Bringing the Stanley Cup to Ottawa has always been my focus, now more than ever. I believe Daniel’s experience and track record as one of the elite players in our league will bring us closer to that goal.”
Alfredsson will be involved with a number of aspects of the franchise including scouting and player development.
He served as the Senators’ captain for 13 seasons and played in 1,246 career contests with Ottawa and the Detroit Red Wings. Although his final game played was with Detroit, he returned to Ottawa when it came time for him to formally announce his retirement on Dec. 4, 2014.
“Retiring from the game but having this chance to remain part of the hockey world, especially in Ottawa, is very special,” Alfredsson said. “The Senators have an outstanding hockey operations department and coaching staff. They have built a fast, highly skilled team along with a solid roster of young prospects. I believe my experience as a player can help provide a boost to this group and allow us to keep the momentum from last year’s exciting season.”