Team Sweden makes Alfredsson captain
BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency
OTTAWA - Daniel Alfredsson will wear the 'C' at least one more time.
Team Sweden has selected Alfredsson, 39, to wear the captain’s C at the world championship, which start Friday in Stockholm and Helsinki.
Alfredsson and fellow Seantor Erik Karlsson left Wednesday night for Stockholm. Alfredsson is the NHL’s longest-serving captain. Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg and Colorado’s Gabriel Landeskog are alternates.
Swedish coach Par Marts said Alfredsson’s desire to play for his country made him the right choice.
“Alfie wanted to come here and be part of the tournament. I had talked about making him the captain earlier. Zetterberg agrees with me. He’s very positive about Alfie wearing the 'C' and he backs it 100%.” Marts told the Expressen newspaper in Sweden.
Zetterberg didn’t argue with the choice.
“That’s the correct decision. He has been the captain more or less all of his hockey career,” said Zetterberg.
Alfredsson and Karlsson will arrive in Stockholm Thursday morning. They won’t get a chance to be at the club’s final practice and will only skate with their team for the first time at the Friday morning skate before facing Norway.