Ottawa Senators fans greeted former captain Daniel Alfredsson with a standing ovation Sunday prior to the game against the Detroit Red Wings at Canadian Tire Centre.

Chants of "Alfie! Alfie!" enhanced the cheering during a pregame video tribute in honor of Alfredsson, who played his first game in Canada's capital city since leaving the Senators last summer to sign a one-year contract with Detroit.

U2's "Beautiful Day", which was Alfredsson's longtime goal song in Ottawa, played while the video scoreboard ran highlights from the 40-year-old Swede's 17-year career with the Senators.

Alfredsson, who was in the Red Wings' starting lineup, watched from in front of the bench and skated out to center ice while the video was still playing to raise his stick to salute the crowd.

It was exactly the kind of reception Steve Palisek, a 35-year-old Canadian government employee, had hoped Ottawa's former captain would receive.

"I don't think the fans can forget what he's done for this team and the city, but I hope as well that after that they treat him like any other enemy player," said Palisek, who was among the numerous fans wearing a variety of Senators No. 11 Alfredsson jerseys.