Former Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson is expected to announce his retirement in the city where he became an NHL star.

The Senators confirmed that Alfredsson will be in Ottawa on Thursday, Dec. 4 and will be part of a pregame ceremony before the team's game against the New York Islanders.

"Dec. 4 will be a truly special and historic day for the Ottawa Senators and Sens fans. Welcome home Alfie!" team owner Eugene Melnyk posted on his Twitter account.

Alfredsson spent his first 17 seasons with the Senators, scoring 426 goals and adding 682 assists in 1,178 regular-season games. The Swede signed a one-year contract with Detroit before last season and had 18 goals and 31 assists in 68 games. The Red Wings were interested in re-signing Alfredsson, but back problems hampered the 41-year-old forward and prevented him from committing to another NHL season.