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.

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