Former Sens captain Daniel Alfredsson received the highest honour given to civilians during a ceremony at City Hall where he was presented with a key to the City of Ottawa.
Prior to the actual event, Alfredsson took a few moments to field questions from the media in attendance and you can catch his comments here...
On how the people of Ottawa have effected him during his time here:
I don't think I want to steal anything from my speech later I guess but...(laughs). I think that outside of my parents it's had a huge impact of who I am today. I joined the Royal Ottawa Golf Club in 1998. I love golf but it was also to get to meet people outside the sport like business people and other golfers. That was a very good move for me I guess because I met a lot of great people. Same thing with the Ottawa Senators, we had Roy Mlakar as the President and Cyril Leeder who were both big believers in giving back to the community. When Roy Mlakar started he wanted us to be involved but also to find something that you're passionate about. You're going to find that it will be very rewarding for you as well, not just something you have to do because you're in the NHL. I've found a lot of guys on the team have done that. It is extremely rewarding when you see you're making a difference in other people's lives outside of hockey because that's the easy part. That's been extremely valuable to me.
On receiving the key to the City of Ottawa:
It's humbling, there's no question. I think I'm also very proud of it. To be recognized for not only what I do on the ice but for what I've been able to contribute off the ice as well. It's been important to me and a very important part of my time here. The mental health campaign, the Boys and Girls Club, I think I 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 like it's something I want to share with everybody who's helped me to get here.
On how different his life is now that he's retired from the NHL:
This is not going to sell a lot of papers...(laughs). It's been drastically different than being an NHL player but it's been fun. Helping the kids with homework much more than I ever have, helping to coach Hugo and Loui, my two oldest sons, in hockey, I've really enjoyed that as well and I've learned a lot from that. It's one thing to be a good hockey player but being able to teach is a different thing. I'm learning.
On how he's spending his time away from hockey:
I thought I would work out more than I have. I tried a little bit but the body didn't feel great right away. Since I didn't have to I thought I won't do it for a while and that slipped for too long. Overall it's surprising but I've liked the downtime more than I thought I would. I think I'm just going to take it as it comes and enjoy it. I feel a lot less stress in me and I have a lot more patience that I did before.
On if he still watches the NHL at all since retiring:
I haven't watched a whole ton of pro hockey. I've watched more the last few weeks both Ottawa and Detroit. I haven't been to many games really either except my retirement here and Chris Phillips' night. I feel like I just wanted to step away. I watch overtime games and I miss it then but when I watch games that are in the second period and it's 1-1 and it's a grinding game...I can't say I miss it that much but it's always going to be a big part of my life.
We were also fortunate to catch up with a few VIPs in attendance to get their thoughts on the evening and the man of the hour. Below we have comments from Erik Karlsson, Bryan Murray and Cyril Leeder...