A four-time Olympian and reigning Olympic gold medalist, at the age of 37 he is the second oldest player on Team Sweden (Nicklas Lidstrom 39).
He is one of only 10 players in the tournament appearing in their fourth consecutive Olympics (1998, 2002, 2006) and only Finland's Teemu Selanne has scored more points (24) in the last three Olympics than Alfredsson (20).
In many major Championships, he is often near the top of the scoring lists. At the 2006 Olympics, he led his team and finished tied for third in scoring with 10 points (5-5-10). At the 2005 World Championship, he tied Daniel Sedin for the team lead with nine points (3-6-9) in nine games and at the 2004 World Cup, he tied U.S. forward Mike Modano for the tournament lead with six assists.
I'm just excited about the opportunity. I've been on the ice earlier than usual and in the weight room, pushing around a little more weights than usual. Every day I go into a workout with a smile on my face and ready to go. When you do have a little more responsibility, you want to take your lunch pail and get ready to work.
— Brian Elliott to Jeremy Rutherford of the Post-Dispatch on being the Blues' No. 1 goalie