Devin Stratton, Carleton Place
Congratulations, Daniel Alfredsson. I feel so thankful and proud that I have been able to watch Alfie play for my home team for 1,000 games.
The city of Ottawa truly could not ask for a more humble, hard-working, selfless and inspiring ambassador. His combination of skill, grit, character and dedication set him apart from 90 percent of the players who have played in the NHL.
We, as a city, are indebted to him for everything – from bringing his all on every shift, to his outstanding community service, to his pay cut years back to help management piece together a contender.
As a teacher, I have trouble endorsing athletes as role models to my students. But not Alfie. In terms of sport, it's hard to find a bigger hero that you never question supporting.