A new captain was named to the Ottawa Senators on October 1st, 1999.
Alfie became the club leader in regular season and playoff games, goals, assists, and points and holds the club record for plus-minus.
He was the first European captain to lead his team to the Cup finals.
He's now the longest serving captain in the NHL.
How quickly things can change. Sundin and Koivu left their teams under a cloud and now both teams start the season tomorrow without a player wearing the C.
On Saturday, Alfie leads the Sens in the season with expectations low but with a clear goal. The team will build on the improvement seen during the end of last season, grow the improved offensive depth into a team strength, build defensive confidence out from Leclaire, and take these into the playoffs.