Gotta See It: Ottawa’s Alfredsson tribute video

Alfredsson spent his first 17 seasons with the Senators and quickly became the face of the franchise (Adrian Wyld/CP)

Let the rain wash away
All the pain of yesterday
I know my kingdom awaits
And they’ve forgiven my mistakes

Ottawa Senators fans, get your tissues ready.

December 4 is going to be one emotional night.

Daniel Alfredsson will be announcing his retirement in the city where he made his NHL mark, and the team is ready to forgive the bad and celebrate 17 years of good.

The Senators already released an Alfie welcome-back video to honour the occasion:

“I’m glad to have reached a decision, to get it over with,” Alfredsson told Sweden’s SVT Sport. “All the setbacks this fall was a tough process mentally.”

Alfredsson reportedly called Senators general manager Bryan Murray a couple of weeks ago to let him know he was retiring. The two men took a car ride together when the Senators were in Detroit Monday. There is speculation that Murray will sign Alfredsson to a one-day contract, allowing the long-serving captain to retire as a Senator. We hope he does.

“I’ve had good dialogue with Detroit and Ottawa,” Alfredsson said in the interview. “Ottawa is the right place [for farewell]. That’s where I played most of my career.”

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