Alfredsson decides to represent Sweden at world championships

The attraction of playing in Stockholm, where he played in his first world championship as a 22-year-old, was too much for Daniel Alfredsson to resist.
So on Sunday night he told Swedish general manager Johan Garpenlov that he would represent his country one more time in the world championships.
The 39-year-old Ottawa Senator captain will become the oldest player to represent Sweden at the world championships in the modern era. Borje Salming was 38 when he played in Stockholm in 1989.
Alfredsson will be a good boost for Sweden after five losses in exhibition games. Erik Karlsson is also expected to play once the Swedish federation arranges insurance coverage for him.
“Immediately when we were eliminated from the playoffs, I spoke with Erik Karlsson and asked him how he feels about going to the World Championship,” said Alfredsson in an interview IIHF.com’s Szymon Szemberg.
“I told him that I myself feel good about it. This week when I was off with the concussion made me rested now and ready to go.
“Family was a big part of the decision as my wife will have to carry all the weight alone for a couple of weeks, but they may come to Stockholm for the last week.”
This will be Alfredsson’s seventh world championship, but his first since Austria 2005. He has also represented Sweden in four Olympics (1998, 2002, 2006, 2010) and in two World Cups (1996 and 2004).
Alfredsson played in his first world championship in Stockholm’s Globen Arena in 1995 when he was 22. He vaulted into the national consciousness when he scored the semi-final overtime winner against Canada. Sweden went on to lose the gold medal game to Finland, 4-1.
Playing again in Stockholm was a factor for Alfredsson.
“Being able to go back to the place where my career really started was a big part of the decision,” he said.
“Everything just took off after the 1995 championship and I signed with the Senators after the tournament.”
Alfredsson has never won the world championship. With the championship final scheduled for Helsinki’s Hartwall Arena, there’s incentive.
“This would of course be the perfect scenario after all those years, to beat Finland in on their home ice,” he said, which should get the Finns going.
Alfredsson said no one should make any connection between this decision to play before a home crowd one last time and his possible retirement from the NHL.
“These are two separate things,” he said.
“I will make the decision a couple of weeks after the world championship.”
Alfredsson has played 78 games for Sweden in the Olympics, world championships and World Cups, scoring 68 points (29 goals and 39 assists).

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