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COUNTDOWN TO THE RETURN OF ALFIE: 11 essays on #11 (essay #8 — Daniel Alfredsson as God)

AlfieCover_300-235x320In April 2013, Ottawa Magazine honoured the captain with the “Alfie Pack,” deconstructing the Senators’ icon with 11 essays on No. 11. By July, he was a Detroit Red Wing.

On December 1, Alfie and the Red Wings visit The Canadian Tire Centre for the first time since the deal was done. In the lead-up to the big event, Ottawa Magazine revisits our 11 essays — one essay per day for 11 days. (Want a copy? Back issues for sale here.)

 

 

Turning It up to 11: Alfie as God

Senators fans have known it all along, but the Apple app Siri caused a stir in February with its quirky response to the statement “Show me a picture of God.” Up popped a portrait of Daniel Alfredsson and his stats. While skeptics suggested that a developer for the iPhone was playing a prank, members of The Church of Alfie (2,000+ members on Facebook) took it as a sign.

And No. 11? “I guess I have to get to work to decide who the next pope is,” Alfredsson joked to an Ottawa Sun reporter, referring to the resignation of Pope Benedict that month.

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Possibly the only portrait ever painted of God wearing hockey socks. Illustration by Alan King