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OTTAWA -- Daniel Alfredsson rehearsed the speech 10 or 15 times. Tom Brady Womens Jersey . When he read it to a friend over the phone, he cried. The longtime Senators captain read it one more time Thursday morning at Canadian Tire Centre with family, friends and former teammates watching. Here we are, Alfredsson said. Today I officially retire as an Ottawa Senator and another new chapter will begin tonight as we say goodbye to Ottawa. Alfredsson called it a career back in the nations capital, his adopted hometown, the place he played 17 of his 18 NHL seasons. The captain from 1999 through 2013 who left 17 months ago to sign with the Detroit Red Wings got to put on his old red No. 11 Senators jersey for one more day. The 41-year-old signed a ceremonial one-day contract that will allow him to lace up his skates in his old stall and take part in pre-game warm-ups with his old team. Being out there with the boys again, is going to be a special feeling, Alfredsson said. Im going to try to not fall down. The Senators pulled out all the stops to honour Alfredsson on what unofficially became Alfie Day in Ottawa. Wife Bibbi and sons Hugo, Loui, Fenix and William, along with former teammates like Erik Karlsson and Wade Redden, looked on as the face of the franchise bid adieu, a decision prompted by lingering back problems. Alfredsson, who had 444 goals and 713 assists in 1,246 NHL games, tried to rehab the injury. If he played one more season, it would have been for the Red Wings. According to Senators owner Eugene Melnyk, he and general manager Bryan Murray would have welcomed him back to Ottawa. During the summer we spoke a couple of times, but it was more about how he felt and whether he could play 100 per cent, Melnyk said. Bryan and I said, Look, give us 80 per cent, were happy. And he would not play unless he was 100 per cent. Remembered fondly for the goal he scored against the Buffalo Sabres to send the Senators to the Stanley Cup final in 2007, for the love fest at the 2012 all-star game and for winning a gold medal with Sweden at the 2006 Olympics, Alfredsson also knows his career was marked with phone calls and major decisions. It began with the decision to leave Goteborg, Sweden at 22 to play for the Senators, who drafted him in the sixth round in 1994. Alfredsson was glad he and Bibbi, his girlfriend at the time, made the leap. One evening nearly 20 years ago a young man in a small town in Sweden got a phone call that would change his life, Alfredsson said. We began an incredible new chapter of our lives in your town starting in August 1995. Our marvellous boys were born here, and we grew from youngsters into aging parents. You made your town our town. Ottawa was Alfredssons town in his Calder Trophy season in 1995-96 and through 15 playoff appearances. One of his favourite memories was seeing thousands of people lined up along the street to celebrate the trip to the Cup final. It was an incredible experience to play hockey with so many great players, so many great friends over so many great seasons, he said. I really realize that Im a very lucky guy. Back problems flared up in 2011, what Alfredsson called signals that all these years of hockey had a cost. I worked hard to fight it off and I got some great help along the way, he said. But in the back of my mind, I still knew that the clock is ticking. With the clock ticking on his career, Alfredsson got to a crossroads in the summer of 2013, after he decided to continue playing but did not have a contract to return to the Senators. On the morning of June 29, he said he got a call from an old Swedish pal. This call started a process that would launch the next chapter in our lives, Alfredsson said of signing with Detroit. It was a very, very hard decision to make: changing teams, uproot my family, start over again in a new place. But change helps you grow. No doubt the relationship between Alfredsson and the Senators organization was strained by his departure. But during and after an off-and-on injury season with the Red Wings that still included him tying for the team lead in scoring, Alfredsson stayed in touch with Murray. I have great respect for Daniel and I know he has great respect for the Senators for what happened here, said Murray, who coached Alfredsson for two seasons, including 2006-07. It wasnt very hard for us to get together and talk. He took me for a drive in his new car. He drove me out to my old house in Birmingham (Michigan). He showed me where he lived. We had I think mutual respect for each other all along. Setbacks in Alfredssons rehab kept him from playing and forced him to make one final decision. It finally came to the point: Could I play a little bit? Maybe, Alfredsson said. I dont know what I price I would have had to pay down the road. I felt it was no fun just being on the edge or on the cliff of maybe or maybe not playing. It just felt right. It wouldnt have felt right to the Senators if Alfredsson had said his goodbye to the NHL in Detroit. Again, the phone rang. Bryan said he and Mr. Melnyk had spoken and had an idea that I should not end my career in Detroit but with a proper retirement here in our adopted hometown, Alfredsson recalled. I spoke with (Red Wings GM) Ken Holland about my retirement and that Bryan and Mr. Melnyk wanted me to retire as an Ottawa Senator, and Ken encouraged me to retire here. He said its the right thing to do. Alfredsson, lauded not just for his Hall of Fame hockey career but his charitable contributions in Ottawa, is about as normal a person as a superstar athlete can be. To him, this felt like too much. I never believed that my career entitled me to any special treatment, Alfredsson said. However Bibbi and I both agreed this was the right thing to do and it would give us a chance to say thank you to the people and the fans of Ottawa. Alfredsson received a lengthy standing ovation after his speech of 749 words, including four in French for the bilingual market he represented: Merci et a bientot. He doesnt know how soon he might get back into hockey but is reserving this year for his family and for himself to reflect on his career. Im just very grateful for this opportunity to say thank you and goodbye, Alfredsson said. And please no more phone calls for a while. Kevin Faulk Jersey . Catch the game on TSN starting at 7pm et/4pm pt. Tampa Bay currently holds the last of the Atlantics three automatic bids to the playoffs, but the Maple Leafs are just one point behind. Steve Grogan Patriots Jersey . Szabados joined the Southern Professional Hockey League team last week. The 27-year-old goaltender from Edmonton backstopped the Canadian womens hockey team to Olympic gold Feb.Two late misplays cost the Winnipeg Goldeyes on Saturday night. Centre fielder Reggie Abercrombie misplayed a line drive in the top of the ninth that led to a triple and then catcher Luis Alen dropped a perfect throw to the plate from left fielder Donnie Webb that might have stopped the winning run from scoring, as the Goldeyes were beaten 10-9 by the Gary Southshore RailCats in a slugfest at Shaw Park. Despite two solo homers by Alen and a solo shot each by Casey Haerther and Jake Blackwood, the Goldeyes couldnt hold an early 5-1 lead and lost their fifth straight game at home. With the loss, the Goldeyes fell to 34-19 on the season, but are still in first place in the American Associations North Division, 5 1/2 games ahead of the second-place St. Paul Saints. “We made some mistakes tonight and you cant make mistakes against a team thats playing as well as that Gary club is playing right now,” said Goldeyes manager Rick Forney. “We didnt get two bunts down late in the game. That doesnt mean we would have scored on either of those situations, but it shows we werent executing and you have to execute against Gary.” This was a wild one. Gary scored 10 runs on 19 hits, while the Goldeyes managed nine runs on 16 hits. Besides the four solo homers hit by the Goldeyes, catcher Craig Maddux hit one for Gary. “The hitters had some better at bats for us tonight,” said Forney. “Thats a good sign. And our bullpen kept us in the game and gave us a chance to win. Too bad Ethan (starter Hollingsworth) just wasnt on top oof his game tonight. Drew Bledsoe Womens Jersey. Tomorrow well have to get a good outing from Sal (starter Chris Salamida). We need him to go deep and work a lot of innings for us.” The Goldeyes scored two in the first and three in the second and had a 5-1 lead, but Gary battled back despite the fact Winnipeg scored a run in both the third and fourth innings. The Goldeyes were ahead 7-5 in the top of the fifth when Gary scored four times to take a 9-7 lead. The visitors never trailed again. Luis Alen went four-for-four with two homers, two runs scored and three driven in to lead the Goldeyes attack while three other Fish had three-hit games: Jake Blackwood went three-for-four, with a homer, two runs scored and one driven in; Tyler Kuhn went three-for-five with two runs scored and one driven in; and Josh Mazzola went three-for-five with a run scored and one driven in. Casey Haerther also had a solid night, going two-for-five with a homer a run scored and three RBI. Haerther continues to lead the league in hitting with a .404 average. Reliever Kevin Brahney (4-1, 4.24 ERA) got the win for the RailCat,s while hard luck Chris Kissock (0-2, 2.96 ERA) suffered the loss. Kissock was tagged with the winning run even though his defense let him down in the ninth. James Parr (7.88 ERA) got the save for Gary. The Goldeyes and RailCats will play the final game of this three-game series on Sunday afternoon at 1:30 at Shaw Park. Chris Salamida (3-3, 4.26 ERA) will get the start for Winnipeg, while Morgan Coombs (4-4, 4.60 ERA) will take to the bump for Gary. Wholeslae Jerseys NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NBA Jerseys Cheap NHL Jerseys Cheap MLB Jerseys Wholesale Soccer Jerseys Cheap College Jerseys Cheap Football Jerseys Cheap Basketball Jerseys Cheap Baseball Jerseys ' ' ' 
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