Alfredsson: Old man and the 'C'

Ottawa Senators' captain, Daniel Alfredsson. (DARREN BROWN/QMI Agency)

Ottawa Senators' captain, Daniel Alfredsson. (DARREN BROWN/QMI Agency)

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:37 PM ET

The ‘C’ on Daniel Alfredsson’s chest, of course, could also stand for consistency.

When the Senators captain took a pass from Kaspars Daugavins and went in to score a pretty “shorty” against the Florida Panthers Wednesday, it marked the 13th time in his illustrious career that he reached the 20-goal plateau.

Alfredsson was more than aware he was closing in on the number.

“It feels good,” he said. “It was nice to get it today so I didn’t have to wait too long, and start thinking about it.”

It’s an impressive accomplishment, indeed.

When the Senators play their next game, Monday afternoon in Long Island, it will be No. 1,111 in No. 11’s tenure in the NHL. Alfredsson now has 409 goals, tying him with former teammate Marian Hossa for 80th on the all-time list, one ahead of Ray Ferraro and one behind Ray Bourque.

Alfredsson mentioned after the Panthers game that he hopes to “flirt” with the 30-goal mark this season, and if he gets there he could move into 75th, pending the performances of Hossa and Jason Arnott the rest of the way.

But being able to bring it year after year should really be a source of pride for Alfredsson, whose 43 points is the third most in the NHL (behind Teemu Selanne and Ray Whitney) of players 39 years of age and over.

It’s inconceivable anyone will ever challenge Gordie Howe’s record of 22, 20-goal seasons. Mr. Hockey’s last term in the NHL was as a 51-year-old, and he was 43 the last time he scored 20 in the league.

But Alfredsson joined and moved ahead of some pretty impressive all-timers when he reached the mark for the 13th time.

Former Hab greats Guy Lafleur, Jean Beliveau and Frank Mahovolich scored 20 on 13 occasions, as did Bobby Hull, Alex Delvechhio, Jarri Kurri, Brian Trottier, Brian Bellows, Jeremy Roenick, Michel Goulet, Pat Verbeek and Sergei Fedorov.

Mario Lemieux scored 20 just 12 times, but his career was interrupted by injury and illness.

If Alfredsson plays again next season (Bibbi?), he could become just the 23rd player to rack up a 20 goal season. If he keeps going beyond that, well ... Howe is always going to be out of reach.

don.brennan@sunmedia.ca

Players in the Top 143 scorers of all-time who have had at least a dozen, 20-goal seasons

Gordie Howe 22

Ron Francis 19

Brendan Shanahan 19

Dave Andreychuk 19

Wayne Gretzky 17

Mark Messier 17

Marcel Dionne 17

Joe Sakic 17

Brett Hull 17

Mats Sundin 17

Mike Gartner 17

Phil Esposito 16

Luc Robitaille 16

Teemu Selanne 16

Mike Modano 16

Johnny Bucyk 16

Norm Ullman 16

Steve Yzerman 15

Jaromir Jagr 15

Mark Recchi 15

Gilbert Perreault 15

Joe Nieuwendyk 15

Keith Tkachuk 15

Stan Mikita 14

Jean Ratelle 14

Dino Ciccarelli 14

Rocket Richard 14

Jarome Iginla 14

Peter Bondra 14

DANIEL ALFREDSSON 13

Guy Lafleur 13

Jean Beliveau 13

Jeremy Roenick 13

Brian Trottier 13

Jari Kurri 13

Frank Mahovlich 13

Pat Verbeek 13

Alex Delvecchio 13

Bobby Hull 13

Sergei Fedorov 13

Michel Goulet 13

Brian Bellows 13

Mario Lemieux 12

Jason Arnott 12

Gary Roberts 12

Rod Gilbert 12

Glen Anderson 12

Doug Gilmour 12

Marian Hossa 12

Vincent Damphousse 12

Dale Hawerchuk 12

Denis Savard 12

Vincent Damphousse 12

Rod Brind’Amour 12

Pierre Turgeon 12

Theo Fleury 12

Dave Taylor 12

Steve Larmer 12

Rick Middleton 12


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