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Senators fans (mostly) welcome back Alfredsson

Daniel Alfredsson

Ottawa Senators’ Daniel Alfredsson, of Sweden, celebrates his 400th career goal at 3:31 of overtime to give the Senators a come-from-behind 4-3 win over the Calgary Flames in NHL hockey game action in Ottawa, Ontario, Friday, Dec. 30, 2011. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Fred Chartrand)


Big picture-wise, Ottawa Senators fans welcomed Daniel Alfredsson back on Sunday. As with many things, there were some exceptions.

The Senators franchise presented a two-minute video tribute and a warm message on Twitter. Here’s the clip:

The 41-year-old received a standing ovation that lasted for about three minutes, according to the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch. The National Post’s Stephen Whyno reports that there was a woman chanting Alfie an hour before puck drop and that many - but not all - Sens fans whipped out their old chant for him at the 11-minute mark of the first period.

Still, there were some fans who held a grudge, including a few who were a little melodramatic (
via Tyler Cooper).

Alfie funeral taking place outside CTC.

— Tyler Cooper (@ClericalBeats) December 1, 2013

The positive fans outweighed the negative ones, though, it seemed.

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