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On Sunday night, Daniel Alfredsson will make his much-anticipated return to Ottawa for the first time since suddenly bolting tow

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On Sunday night, Daniel Alfredsson will make his much-anticipated return to Ottawa for the first time since suddenly bolting town as a free agent. Ryan Strome Jersey . The organization seems to be extending a small olive branch towards their former captain, as owner Eugene Melnyk confirmed to TSN 1200 this week that the Sens will have a video tribute for Alfredsson. The highlight reel will run just after the anthems are played and before the opening face-off, ensuring that the atmosphere inside Canadian Tire Centre will be electric. If Twitter, phone calls and e-mails to our radio station are any indication, there could be a mixed reaction for Alfredsson on Sunday. My gut feeling is that about 90 per cent of the crowd will applaud Alfredsson after the video tribute with a majority of people giving him a standing ovation. There will undoubtedly be a small murmuring of boos in the crowd, as some people felt Alfredsson betrayed the organization and city with his decision to sign with the Red Wings. In any event, Sunday does have the potential to be a polarizing moment for Alfredsson in Ottawa. But thats nothing new for the ex-captain, who is certainly used to being a lightning rod for criticism in this town. Heres a look at the five most polarizing and controversial moments of Daniel Alfredssons career with the Senators. 5. Shooting puck at Niedermayer In the dying moments of the second period in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, Alfredsson appeared to shoot the puck directly at Ducks defenceman Scott Niedermayer. In subsequent interviews, Alfredsson insisted that the puck was rolling around on his stick and he never intended to shoot the puck directly at the future Hall of Famer. But Niedermayers take on the situation was quite different as he certainly hinted that Alfredssons actions were intentional during his post-game interviews. "I wasnt happy. Theres no need to get hit with a puck at that point. But Im not going to say more than that," Niedermayer said at the time. Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle was even more blunt and accusatory in his post-game press conference. "I thought it was blatant shooting the puck at our player at the end of the period," Carlyle said. "You could tell he directed it toward him because he changed the shooting angle halfway through his wind-up. People have long memories." The Senators were down 2-1 in the series and many people suggested that Alfredsson was trying to do something to spark his team. But the Senators had just tied up the game 2-2 when Dany Heatley scored at the 18:00-minute mark of the period, so why would Alfredsson feel the need to jumpstart his team? Whatever the case, the Ducks ended up breaking the tie with a third-period goal by Dustin Penner to take a 3-1 stranglehold on the series. 4. The fake stick toss tribute to Sundin This was one of the funniest and wittiest things any player has ever done in the middle of an NHL game – at least thats the opinion of people who lived in Ottawa. As for those who reside in Toronto, they viewed this as a classless gesture by the Ottawa captain. Just a few days after Mats Sundin was suspended by the NHL for carelessly throwing his broken stick shaft into the crowd, Alfredsson found himself in a similar situation at centre ice at the Air Canada Centre. The Sens captain had broken his stick and, as a joke, he decided to do a mock stick toss into the crowd – emulating the Sundin incident. Whether you think it was funny or not, you do have to give Alfredsson credit for thing: Having the wherewithal to even think about pulling that stunt in the middle of an NHL game is pretty impressive. 3. The "probably not" comment After a 7-3 loss on home ice to the Penguins in Game 4 of the 2013 playoffs, Alfredsson was asked if his team could come back and beat Pittsburgh given the way the series was going. His answer of "probably not" generated a media firestorm, as many viewed the comment as defeatist and a sign the Sens captain was surrendering. Others felt Alfredsson was just being brutally honest and possibly trying to deflect some of the pressure away from his team. In the end, Alfredsson had to change his answer to "definitely not," after the Sens ended up losing Game 5 by a lopsided margin of 6-2. 2. The Pominville OT goal In the spring of 2006, the Senators bowed out rather meekly to the Buffalo Sabres in the second round of the playoffs. The Sens had been the Eastern Conferences top seed during the regular season, but ended up being eliminated in five games by Buffalo. The crushing blow came in the overtime period of Game 5, when Jason Pominville blew past Alfredsson – who was manning the point on the power play – and scored a shorthanded goal to win the series. While some fault could have been laid on Wade Redden and Ray Emery on that play, Alfredsson took the lions share of the blame. In the months that followed, a significant portion of the Sens fan base wanted Alfredsson traded – insisting that the Pominville incident was tangible proof that they could not win with the captain. By the fall of 2006, the cries to trade Alfredsson had become so loud that rumors were swirling about a potential deal with the Los Angeles Kings. Ironically enough, one year after the Pominville goal, Alfredsson would be the one to score a series-clinching goal in Game 5 against the Sabres, sending the Sens to the Cup Final for the first time in modern history. 1. The hit on Darcy Tucker With the score tied 2-2 and time running out in Game 5 of the 2002 playoff series between the Sens and Maple Leafs, Alfredsson delivered a controversial hit on Darcy Tucker. To add salt to the wound, while Tucker was writhing on the ice in pain, Alfredsson went to the front of the net and scored the eventual game-winning goal past Curtis Joseph. The Leafs bench was irate that no penalty was called on the play and the crowd at the Air Canada Centre chanted obscenities towards the officials. The hit on Tucker made Alfredsson public enemy No. 1 in Toronto and was the catalyst for why he started getting booed every time he touched the puck in a game involving the Leafs and Senators. Will the hit on Darcy Tucker make Alfredssons video montage on Sunday at Canadian Tire Centre? If it does, you can bet that portion of the video will receive a loud ovation from the Ottawa crowd. Cheap Oilers Jerseys . A-Rod is also disqualified from any post-season play. So at the tender age of 38, he will miss all of next season. As a result of missing the coming season, hes also out $25 million (which coincidentally is my hourly rate). Ty Rattie Jersey . The agreement comes a little more than one week after the video game manufacturer agreed to a $40 million settlement in a similar but separate case, bringing the total payout planned for athletes to $60 million, said Steve Berman, an attorney for the plaintiffs, and the NCAA. . LeBron James leads the Miami Heat in a quest for three consecutive championship titles, while Tim Duncan looks to add his fifth ring with the San Antonio Spurs when the series tips off with Game 1: Miami @ San Antonio on Thursday, June 5 at 9 p.GLASGOW -- Kate Gillis says it was difficult to block out the noise. The energetic 24-year-old is the captain and inspirational leader of Canadas womens field hockey team at the Commonwealth Games. Shes also the daughter of former Vancouver Canucks president and general manager Mike Gillis, who was fired in April after the team missed the playoffs for the first time in six years. Gillis and soon-to-be ousted head coach John Tortorella took most of the criticism for the Canucks struggles as media and fans alike dissected what had gone so horribly wrong for a team that came within a game of winning the 2011 Stanley Cup. Having your feet held to the fire is part of being an executive in professional sports, but that doesnt make it any easier for the families. Its something the younger Gillis learned first-hand this spring. "I think its always hard for people to say those things about your father. With the Internet these days, you can just have a free-for-all," she said this week. "Its tough to kind of differentiate between the truth and the fiction, but I just keep my head down. He definitely doesnt let us get affected, but in the long run its hard. "Its your dad." Kate Gillis grew up in Kingston, Ont., but moved to Vancouver after being scouted by the national team when she was still a teenager. That cross-country adventure was coincidentally part of the reason Mike Gillis, an NHL player agent at the time, was hired by the Canucks in the first place. "I was 17, finishing high school by correspondence and my parents didnt feel quite comfortable with me living out there by myself," said Gillis. "They moved just for the year until I went back to school, but ended up staying because my dad got a job." Despite all of the heartache in recent months, she said one of the positives of her father losing that job is that he can spend more time following her career. "It was definitely tough, but weve been able to spend so much more time together as a family," said Gillis, who has two brothers. "I actually just celebrated my 100th cap in England, which is a huge milestone, and my dad was able to be there. "He will be here for the whole tournament, and that normally doesnt happen because its (NHL) free agency, or the draft or pre-season or something. It was a very difficult circumstance when it happened but now were seeing him more relaxed, he has more time, and hes able to capitalize on these sort of events." Canadas womens field hockey team has not made the Olympics since 1992 and is using the Commonwealth Games in Scotland as a meeasuring stick ahead of next summers Pan American Games in Toronto, which will serve as the qualifying event for Rio 2016. Leon Draisaitl Jersey. "Were a young team. Weve made lots of progress over 12 months and the opportunity to play in a tournament like this definitely gives us an idea of where were at," said Canadian head coach Ian Rutledge. "We want to make sure we give this event the respect it deserves. Were obviously looking to do our best and play as well as we can and finish as high as we can -- thats the objective. But thinking longer term its also an opportunity to gauge where were at ahead of Toronto 2015." Canada currently ranks 22nd in the world and has lost its two opening matches at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre, 4-2 to No. 13 India on Thursday and 2-0 to No. 11 South Africa on Friday. Next up is No. 31 Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday, and the biggest test of the group stage on Wednesday against fourth-ranked New Zealand. Meanwhile, the 16th-ranked Canadian men lost their opener 3-1 to No. 6 New Zealand on the first day of competition and will tackle No. 13 Malaysia on Saturday, No. 29 Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday and No. 5 England on Thursday. Rutledge said Gillis sets the tone for the countrys womens team with her passion and dedication to a sport that she hadnt even heard of until making her varsity team in Grade 9. "Her work rate is immense -- one of the best Ive seen from any athlete in the world," he said. "But more importantly its the quality she brings off the field. Shes a natural leader. Shes very aware of whats going on around the team and in the team. She backs up what she says. Her actions often speak louder than her words. "Shes the hardest trainer, the most committed, the most dedicated, and I think the rest of the team finds that inspiring. She sets standards. Its easy to talk a good game, but she shows what a good game looks like. Shes a fantastic role model." Gillis said she and her teammates want to help grow the sport in Canada, especially with the Pan Am Games on home soil just 12 months away. "What most people dont know is field hockey is so popular almost everywhere else," she said. "Were really looking forward to bringing our sport home and letting people see what we play and how intense our game is." And despite a trying couple of months for her family, Kate Gillis can still lose herself in the sport she has grown to love -- something she learned from her father. "Once you step onto that field nothing else matters," she said. "Thats what hes taught me." ' ' '

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