Alfredsson returns to Senators as senior advisor of hockey operations

OTTAWA — Daniel Alfredsson is back with the Ottawa Senators.

The Senators named Alfredsson as their senior advisor of hockey operations on Thursday.

Alfredsson will serve as an advisor to general manager Bryan Murray and will support hockey operations at the NHL level from scouting to player development.

Owner Eugene Melnyk announced the move on Twitter with the message, “Alfie is comin’ home!”

“I am excited for our fans and our team that Daniel has agreed to begin the second part of his storied hockey career right where he belongs — with the Senators,” Melnyk said in a statement. “Daniel has been an exceptional part of our team’s history. He was a tremendous leader on the ice and equally in our community. “I very much want him to continue to be part of our hockey club and our city.”

Alfredsson spent 17 seasons with the Senators as a player, including parts of 13 as captain. He left to play one more NHL season for the Detroit Red Wings.

The 42-year-old and the team smoothed things over last year when Alfredsson returned to Canadian Tire Centre to announce his retirement. Alfredsson spoke of his love for Ottawa and not long after was seen at the arena with Murray.

His move into the front office had long been rumoured, though it was unclear what his exact role would be. He’ll assume his new duties beginning in training camp.

“Retiring from the game but having this chance to remain part of the hockey world, especially in Ottawa, is very special,” Alfredsson said. “I believe my experience as a player can help provide a boost to this group and allow us to keep the momentum from last year’s exciting season.”

The Canadian Press

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