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Alfie: Ottawa has 'special charm'

Wednesday, 10.17.2007 / 12:34 PM ET / Features
By Rob Brodie  - OttawaSenators.com
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Daniel Alfredsson doesn’t have to look far to see the signs.

Those obvious indicators that, 15 years into their existence, the Senators have woven themselves tightly into the fabric of the city they call home.

“The biggest thing here is the interest people have for hockey,” the Sens captain said as he reflected on the team’s years in the nation’s capital. “It’s something you get reminded about every day. (The fans) are very passionate about it.

“I think it’s very refreshing to have that, knowing that you have to take pride in what you do every day. There’s a lot of knowledgeable fans out there who are going to judge your performance every day. But there’s a special charm in that, I think.”

But the Senators’ time in Ottawa hasn’t always been so charmed. When Alfredsson first joined the team in 1995-96, it was in the throes of a fourth straight season near the bottom of the NHL, with the playoffs seemingly a pipe dream.

The next season, however, brought a surprise appearance in the post-season. Ottawa hasn’t missed the playoffs since then, a run of 10 straight seasons.

Ask Alfredsson what’s changed over that time, and the answer comes quickly.

“Expectations,” he said with a chuckle. “They are probably the biggest (thing). I think, as an organization, we’ve gone from not having everything in place to being one of the best-run organizations in the league. It’s a testament (to it that players) who’ve played here miss it when they leave. I think we’ve really grown in that aspect.”

So, too, has the bond between a group of hockey players and their adoring fans.

“As a team, we’ve always tried to be a big part of the community, and I have as well,” said Alfredsson. “We’re found a place we really like and we can call home. That’s not too common in pro sports these days.”

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
6 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
7 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
8 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 21 45 7 66
M. Stone 80 26 38 21 64
K. Turris 82 24 40 5 64
B. Ryan 78 18 36 5 54
M. Hoffman 79 27 21 16 48
M. Zibanejad 80 20 26 0 46
C. MacArthur 62 16 20 -6 36
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
D. Legwand 80 9 18 1 27
A. Chiasson 76 11 15 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 14 13 8 .923 2.49
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02