Daniel Alfredsson means a lot to Erik Karlsson.
So much so, the San Jose Sharks star penned a heartfelt tribute to his friend, on the eve of Alfredsson’s induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame last night.
— Erik Karlsson (@ErikKarlsson65) November 14, 2022
Karlsson broke into the NHL as a teenager in 2009-10 with the Ottawa Senators, and Alfredsson, long-time captain of Sens, took his fellow Swede under his wing.
One of the best stories from Karlsson’s tribute was from Dec. 2014, after Karlsson had taken over as Senators captain. Ottawa had just re-signed the 41-year-old Alfredsson to a one-day contract so he could retire a Senator.
“The day he retired as a Senator in 2014, the whole night was supposed to be about him,” Karlsson wrote. “But I remember getting to the rink and all his boys were wearing my jersey. Not their dad’s — mine. I had just become the captain a few months earlier, and I knew that Alfie meant it as a gesture to everyone. As if to say, My time is done, let’s get behind Erik and the team. Even up to his very last day as a Senator, he still had my back.”
This is just one of many wonderful stories that Karlsson told about Alfredsson in the Player’s Tribune, including Karlsson being there when Alfredsson got the call from the Hockey Hall of Fame.
AT SAN JOSE HOCKEY NOW…
Radim Simek plays 24 seconds vs. Wild, placed on IR after a high hit from Mason Shaw.
The Sharks showed grit, thanks to James Reimer and the PK, in a come-from-behind win over the Wild Sunday.
The Locked on Sharks Podcast talks about what the San Jose Sharks can do to extend the winning streak past two.
San Jose Sharks’ observations from their win over Minnesota.
OTHER SHARKS NEWS…
Luke Kunin talks about living with type one diabetes.
"I’ve been living with T1D since I was 12 years old…I launched the LKT1D Fund to help fund research and support families who are navigating through a similar journey. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. Let’s keep moving #ForwardAs1 💙" –@lukekunin9 #WorldDiabetesDay pic.twitter.com/BHuE6tChis
— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) November 15, 2022
The Sharks’ California Golden Seals-inspired Reverse Retro jersey will go on sale tomorrow.
Who’s ready to reverse it? 🔄 #reverseretro
— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) November 14, 2022
Karlsson continues his brilliant season, and Corey Masisak says why he’s primed to do more.
Erik Karlsson’s play has been one of the best stories in the first 20 percent of this season. It’s not just the goals – he’s earning praise for many different aspects.
He’s also playing … a lot, lately, which might be something to monitor. https://t.co/gN73WFTr1v
— Corey Masisak (@cmasisak22) November 15, 2022
#SJSharks have placed D Radim Simek on Injured Reserve.
In a related roster move, the Sharks have recalled D Nick Cicek from @sjbarracuda.
— San Jose Sharks PR (@SanJoseSharksPR) November 14, 2022
AROUND THE NHL…
Evgeni Malkin was excused from Penguins practice today for “personal reasons.”
The Colorado Avalanche defeated the Hurricanes Saturday night 4-1.
Former Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo is inducted into the HOF tonight.
Oliver Wahlstrom is finally getting top-line time for the Islanders with new head coach Lane Lambert.
Golden Knights see their franchise-record nine-game win streak snapped in a 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues.
Washington Capitals prospect Hendrix Lapierre is finding his groove in the AHL.
None of the 2022 Hockey Hall of Fame inductees won a Stanley Cup.
Toronto defenseman Jake Muzzin will be out long-term with a spinal cord injury.
Jonathan Huberdeau returns to the Calgary Flames lineup.
Maple Leafs’ goalie Matt Murray returns to face his former team he won two Cups with.
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