When Daniel Alfredsson scored the game winning goal in game five of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Buffalo Sabres to send the Ottawa Senators to the Stanley Cup Finals, Bruce Firestone remembered how emotional he was when he witnessed the monumental moment.
"I burst into tears from relief and joy," said Firestone on The Sam Laprade Show on Friday, June 17. "In front of my family no less."
That's the impact the former Ottawa Senators captain had on Firestone and on the team's fanbase throughout his playing career.
A Twitter account was recently created by a few Ottawa Senators fans called 'Alfie To The Hall' which outlines all Alfredsson has done during his time with the Ottawa Senators.
The campaign to get Alfredsson into the Hockey Hall of Fame has gained a following, with Firestone, the founder and former owner of the team, showcasing his support for the former captain of the Ottawa Senators.
Alfredsson has been eligible for the Hockey Hall of Fame since 2017, and supporters believe he has the statistics and the experience in international competition to qualify. Firestone raved about the former captain's leadership qualities, even when the organization was struggling through a financial crisis.
"It was Daniel as our captain who calmed everyone down," said Firestone. "He piloted our team through very difficult times and through choppy waters, and that's not easy to do."
Listen to the full interview with Bruce Firestone below: