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TORONTO | Daniel Alfredsson cracked a smile when told about his first training camp with the Ottawa Senators. And for good reason.
He remembers his first day like it was yesterday. He was arriving in a new country and a new city to begin the next chapter of his career.
“I forgot my skates on the first day of my first training camp with the Senators,” recalled Daniel Alfresdsson. It was a little embarrassing.
“The Senators found me a pair that had been used before, but were two points too big for me.”
Alfredsson said. is pitched in America as a sixth-round pick of the Senators in 1994. He knew he had to make a good impression in front of the Senators leaders.
“It was a big challenge. I had to prove that I could play in the best league in the world, the former number 11 added. team, at least, I was going to have given everything. I was well prepared. The good news is that my style of play suited the smaller rinks better.”
According to Alfredsson, his NHL career took off after the arrival of Jacques Martin at the helm of the Senators during the 1995-96 season.
“Jacques was an organized and calm coach, mentioned the one who amassed 1157 points in 1246 career games. For him, effort and development were more important than wins and losses.
“He built the foundations of our team for several seasons. Everyone was doing their job and it wasn't the business of one or two players. Everyone contributed.”
The Senators made the playoffs six times in Martin's eight seasons as head coach.
< p>It's a special year in the Hall of Fame as three players from the same country will make their debut among the greats of history. A first in history.
Alfredsson and twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin are all from Sweden. They will join Bjorje Salming (1996), Mats Sundin (2012), Peter Forsberg (2014) and Nicklas Lidstrom (2015).
“I'm very proud of that,” Alfredsson said. The foundation of my hockey career was built in Sweden. I consider myself lucky to have had so many great coaches in my development.
“My dad coached me for six or seven years. I was not always happy with this situation, but he was always very good for me.
“There were also other coaches who prepared me well for a professional career.”< /p>