NHL: The best captain in each team’s history (Updated 2023)

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Ottawa Senators, Daniel Alfredsson
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Best NHL captain from each franchise: Ottawa Senators – Daniel Alfredsson

For 14 years as team captain of the Ottawa Senators, right winger Daniel Alfredsson was always enthusiastic, confident, and just a ton of fun to watch on the ice. He was a natural-born leader and still owns many franchise records for his dominance when it came to scoring and setting up power point plays.

Alfredsson scored over 400 goals, 600 assists, and over 1,000 points with the Senators and took them 11 times to the Stanley Cup Playoffs as team captain. He was also an alternate captain in the 2006 Winter Olympics in which he took home a gold medal.

Perhaps most known during Alfredsson’s career were all the amazing Stanley Cup Playoff moments he provided. From winning incredible shootouts to scoring 14 goals in the 2006 postseason, Alfredsson truly made a name for himself where hockey fans genuinely appreciated his talents, even if they rooted against him and his Senators.

A decade later after Alfredsson officially retired in 2016, the Senators retired his jersey No. 11 to the joy of fans everywhere. It was the final bow on an impressive career with the Senators that saw him win the Calder Memorial Trophy, the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, and due to his leadership as captain, the Mark Messier Leadership Award.