Swedish hockey legend Alfredsson calls it quits

Sweden's Daniel Alfredsson, who starred for 17 years with the NHL's Ottawa Senators, returned to his adopted Canadian home on Thursday to formally announce his retirement.

Swedish hockey legend Alfredsson calls it quits
Daniel Alfredsson speaks during an NHL hockey a news conference announcing his retirement on Thursday December 4, 2014 in Ottawa. AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld

Gothenburg native Alfredsson, who spent the 2013-14 season with the Detroit Red Wings, confirmed that back trouble was forcing him to forego another season.

"Last year my body began to complain once more," Alfredsson said. "The old injuries and hard work to recover began again. I worked hard to play another year, (but) three weeks ago I decided to retire."

Alfredsson signed a one-day contract with the Senators and was set to skate with the team in Thursday night in warmups before the scheduled game against the New York Islanders.

"I am very happy to have the opportunity to retire as a Senator," the 42-year-old Alfredsson added. "The more I thought about it, the more I thought it was the right thing to do."

Alfredsson joined the Senators for the 1995-96 season and became the face of the club.

He was named the club's captain in October 1999 and served in that role until he departed for Detroit as a free agent in July 2013.

Alfredsson was the Calder Trophy winner as the league's top rookie in 1996 and helped the Senators to 14 playoff appearances during his tenure, including a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2007, when they lost to Anaheim.

The Swede is the Senators' all-time leader with 1,178 games played, 426 goals, 682 assists and 1,108 points. He added 51 goals and 100 points in 121 playoff games for the club.

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It’s official: Sweden’s Lundqvist is the NHL’s best goalie

Sweden's Henrik Lundqvist made 12 straight saves to win the goaltender competition at the NHL all-star game's skill night.

It's official: Sweden's Lundqvist is the NHL's best goalie
Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers celebrates winning the Ticketmaster NHL Save Streak during the 2019 SAP NHL All-Star Skills contest on Friday in San Jose, California. Photo: Thearon W. Hender
The New York Rangers goalie knocked off Russian Olympian Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Tampa Bay Lightning, who held the lead through several rounds after stopping the first eight shots he faced. 
The skill contests held on Friday night in San Jose, California also saw Edmonton Oilers speedster Connor McDavid win his third straight fastest skater title in a competition that included a female participant for the first time.
Canada's McDavid charged around the rink in just 13.37 seconds to eclipse Buffalo Sabres forward Jack Eichel, who finished in 13.58 seconds at the SAP Center arena.
Kendall Coyne, who plays on the American women's national team, was invited to take part and finished seventh out of eight skaters, beating out Arizona Coyotes forward Clayton Keller. Coyne cruised to a time of 14.34 seconds while Keller, who has 11 goals and 35 points with the Coyotes this season, finished in 14.52. 
“I thought she was unbelievable,” McDavid said. “She was absolutely flying out there.” 
Last year, Coyne's teammate Hilary Knight did the accuracy shooting drill, but her impressive time wasn't included in the official results.
Johnny Gaudreau defended his title in the puck control contest with a time of 27.045, and John Carlson, who captured a Stanley Cup with the Washington Capitals last season, won the hardest shot contest with a blast of 102.8 mph.
The NHL all-star game will take place on Sunday.