Thursday, November 30, 2006

Sweden: Land of Ikea, Meatballs and Muppets

And by muppets, I mean ex-Muppet Daniel Alfredsson, captain of the Ottawa Senators and often the scape goat for the wrath of disgruntled Sens' fans for playoff failures past.

Born on December 11th, 1972 in Gothenburg Sweden, Alfie was the 133rd overall draft pick in the 1994 draft. Suffice it to say, I think he was a heck of a find as he went on to win the Calder Trophy in 1995-1996. He's been captain of our little team since 1999-2000 when Alexei Ya$hin held out for a new contract. When Yashin returned, he was denied the captaincy. Which, HAHA.

He's represented Team Sweden in three winter olympics, this last year winning the gold medal with his fellow countrymen Mats Sundin and Peter Forsberg. Sundin broke his stick during one of the games in Torino and Alfie let him borrow one of his. Upon returning from Torino, he instantly played better. Coincidence? I think not.

Alfie has two sons with wife Brigitta: Hugo and Loui. They've been married since 2004 and split their time between Ottawa and Saro, Sweden.

He's a bit of a politician as he's served on the NHLPA board and as the president of the European Players' Committee of the NHLPA for several years now, getting re-elected once again this year.

So do people like Alfie? Yes and no. It's true, he's been the face of the Senators for awhile but many people question his captain-ing abilities as he's seen as alot more reserved than most. Add to the fact that whenever the media brings his captaincy into question, his response is to...give the media more reason to bring his captaincy into question. After a slow start this year that prompted trade rumours because of the presence of scouts from the L.A. Kings taking in a Sens' game [actually, one of them was an accountant I think], he's been playing alot more consistently and is currently third in team scoring.

My take on Alfie? I'm just glad he got rid of the muppet hair.

Frankly, I don't know what this is either:



hockeygirl said...

Dude, that's scary. Is it a painting or an actual photo?

Jordi said...

So this is what you do when you have beer and a trophy? Strip naked? Another reason for the Oil to win the Stanley.

Sherry said...

Like I said, I really have no idea what that is and I'm okay with never knowing.

allan said...

Do they do the gold helmet for the goal scoring leader in Sweden like they do in Finland?

The gold paint and trophy could be connected. Or maybe he's picked up some of Dwayne Roloson's gold fetish.

The Acid Queen said...

That picture is from when Frolunda won the SEL title during Ragnarok. Every Frolunda player got painted up like that and had pictures taken.

margee said...

That picture is amazing. Amazing. I think the cigar makes it for me.