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Alfredsson set to play in 1000th NHL game

Tuesday, 04.06.2010 / 9:47 AM / News
There is nothing remotely historic — at least in hockey terms — about the place where Daniel Alfredsson is about to mark one of those truly special and unique career milestones.

But perhaps there is indeed something appropriate about the Ottawa Senators captain playing his 1,000th career National Hockey League game at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla., on Tuesday night (7 p.m., Rogers Sportsnet, Team 1200). Even if the Florida Panthers' current home rink has been around about three seasons less than Alfredsson.

Ask Alfredsson about his first NHL goal — Oct. 13, 1995, he says in quickly recalling the date — and he'll remind you that the Panthers also supplied the opposition that night at the old Miami Arena. Not that he can tell you much else in the way of details about the Senators' second contest of his rookie season against a team that would go on to make a memorable and surprising run to the Stanley Cup final.

"I scored a goal, I think it was on a 5-on-3," said Alfredsson, who would later be awarded the Calder Trophy at the end of that season as the NHL's rookie of the year. "It hit my rear end (when) I was in front of the net ... I remember that but otherwise, I don't remember much, other than it being crazy playing hockey in this kind of weather."

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It's really exciting. I'm pretty sure that when I play my first game I'm going to be emotional. To be back on the ice playing a game, being in game situations, with all the routines and rituals I do before games and during the game, I feel like I'm going to be emotional. I'm going to be really happy.

— Canadiens forward Tim Bozon on playing for the first time since his life-threatening illness