From helmet to the bottom of his socks Daniel Alfredsson was dressed all in red here Monday surrounded by the sea of red seats in the venerable Joe Louis Arena.
There was no “C” or “A” on his new winged wheel Detroit Red Wings jersey and to the naked eye there wasn’t a single “Alfredsson” sweater anywhere in the crowd as Detroit played host to the San Jose Sharks.
Instead a glance around the 34-year-old building Monday showed massive support for current Red Wings stars Pavel Datsyuk Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall along with respect for past legends including Steve Yzerman Nicklas Lidstrom and Chris Chelios.
Where was the Alfredsson stuff?
“Well it hasn’t come in yet” said the guy running the souvenir shop in the upper concourse.
You blink once twice to take it all in. It just doesn’t look right. We’ve come to expect an Alfredsson presence inside and outside the arena on billboards in newspaper advertisements just about everywhere you turn. Walk around any neighbourhood in Ottawa