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Praise Alfie

June 20th, 2012 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Canadiana | Personal

I am an Ottawa based hockey fan that has trouble watching Senators games because I’m not great at following games on TV. I do, however, have my favourites on the team. I own a Jason Spezza jersey (I’ve been watching him since he played in Belleville) and a Matt Carkner shirt.

Daniel Alfredsson has been around forever. At least it seems that way. I remember when he won the Calder Trophy for rookie of the year. He’s the longest serving captain in the NHL.

Our hockey players here in Ottawa, they’re good guys. They visit kids at CHEO – the children’s hospital – they raise money for Roger’s House (a children’s hospice built in honour of the team’s former assistant coach Roger Neilson). They are a great addition to the community.

And Alfie most of all.

He leads the team and provides a great example for the kids who look up to him, he speaks out for mental illness and is trying to remove the stigma. Tonight he won the King Clancy Award for showing leadership and being a humanitarian. He was drafted in the sixth round and became an all-star.

His career may be over, it’s at least almost over, but Ottawa will remember him forever. I’m glad to have had the change to watch his career.

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