Senators name Alfredsson senior advisor of hockey operations

Kyle Bukauskas reports from Ottawa where Daniel Alfredsson has been hired by the Senators to be their senior advisor of hockey operations.

Daniel Alfredsson is returning to the Ottawa Senators organization. The team’s owner, Eugene Melnyk, announced Thursday that the longtime Senators captain has been named senior advisor of hockey operations.

“I am excited for our fans and our team that Daniel has agreed to begin the second part of his storied hockey career right where he belongs – with the Senators,” Melnyk said in a press release. “Daniel has been an exceptional part of our team’s history. He was a tremendous leader on the ice and equally in our community. I very much want him to continue to be part of our hockey club and our city. Bringing the Stanley Cup to Ottawa has always been my focus, now more than ever. I believe Daniel’s experience and track record as one of the elite players in our league will bring us closer to that goal.”

Alfredsson spent all but one of his 18 NHL seasons with the Senators. He officially retired last December after playing the 2013-14 season with the Detroit Red Wings. The 42-year-old is the Sens’ all-time leader in goals (426), assists (682) and points (1,108) among other records.

“I want to thank Eugene and Bryan for giving me this tremendous opportunity,” Alfredsson said. “Retiring from the game but having this chance to remain part of the hockey world, especially in Ottawa, is very special. The Senators have an outstanding hockey operations department and coaching staff. They have built a fast, highly skilled team along with a solid roster of young prospects. I believe my experience as a player can help provide a boost to this group and allow us to keep the momentum from last year’s exciting season.”

Alfredsson will help advise general manager Bryan Murray and will assist the hockey operations staff with scouting and player development at the NHL level. He officially begins his new role during training camp.