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Sens captain an all-time favourite

by Rob Brodie / Ottawa Senators
GOTHENBURG, Sweden — In many ways, it was an honour most fitting for a man who has become a pillar of strength over the years for the Ottawa Senators organization.

Monday night, it was the Frolunda Indians' turn to recognize the contributions of one of their own.

Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson became the first former Frolunda player to have his own display of distinction at the Scandinavium, the Swedish Elite League team's 12,044-seat home arena in Alfredsson's hometown,

During the first intermission of tonight's Frolunda-Rogle game, a pillar was unveiled near the building's main entrance that honoured Alfredsson as one of the "all-time favourite" players in club history. Alfredsson enjoyed two stints with Frolunda during his career, most recently during the 2004-05 NHL lockout season, when he helped the Indians win the league title.

"It's a great honour," said Alfredsson, whose place of honour was unveiled before a crush of adoring fans. "They said they have six of these pillars throughout the building and mine was the first one. They're going to honour some older players who played here in the past. It's pretty neat. I like it."

Listed on the pillar are some of Alfredsson's top career achievements with Frolunda, the Senators and the Swedish national team, which he helped win an Olympic gold medal in Turin, Italy, in 2006. He's pictured skating in No. 9 in the display, which he wore during the 2004-05 season.

"When I played here in '92-93-94, I had 24," he said. "I wore No. 9 during the lockout because 24 was taken and 11 (his number with the Senators) was taken."

A Frolunda spokesman said another former team player with National Hockey League connections — New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist — will be the next alumnus to be honoured in this fashion. The third is likely to go to the team's fans, who made Frolunda the third-best supported club team in Europe last season. Frolunda expects to hit the six-million mark in all-time attendance at the Scandinavium sometime in January.

The Indians came up with the pillar concept of honouring "favourites" after a visit to Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, the spokesman said.

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