It will certainly be odd seeing Daniel Alfredsson in a Detroit Red Wings jersey this upcoming NHL season.
But it may be equally as weird to see his name above a number other than his classic 11.
The former Ottawa Senators captain, who chose to sign with the Red Wings as a UFA this summer, said Thursday that he won’t be wearing No. 11 when he debuts with his new team.
"11 is Danny (Cleary)'s number in Detroit, so I'll pick another number" – Daniel Alfredsson
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) September 12, 2013
After appearing that he was on the verge of signing a deal with the Philadelphia Flyers – he was even listed on the Flyers’ training camp roster — veteran forward Dan Cleary chose to re-sign with the Red Wings for one year.
Cleary has worn No. 11 in Detroit since joining the team in 2005, while Alfredsson donned the No. 11 with the Sens for nearly two decades and also wears the number when he represents his native Sweden in international competitions.
There is no word yet on what number Alfredsson will wear for the Red Wings.