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Henrik Zetterberg Will Be Missed

from Per Bjurman of Sport Bladet (Google translate),

It is one of the largest Swedish hockey cycles that end when Henrik Zetterberg leaves the ice.

He will be missing - in so many ways.

Yes, no - as we could already imagine when he announced in mid-August that he was unable to train throughout the summer:
Henrik Zetterberg's demolished back does not hold for more hockey matches.

So after 15 NHL seasons, 1082 prize games (plus 137 in the playoffs), World Cup Gold, Olympic Gold and Stanley Cup titles, he leaves the rink and retires.

But even if the message does not come as a shock, it feels foolishly sad.

"Zäta" is undoubtedly one of the biggest Swedish hockey players throughout the ages, and has made virtually as much impression in NHL as Peter Forsberg, Mats Sundin, Nicklas Lidström, Brothers Sedin, Börje Salming and Daniel Alfredsson.

continued (I am unable to link with Google translate so you will have to use your own method)

added 1:20pm,



added 1:33pm, Niklas Kronwall on Zetterberg,

added 1:57pm, below, watch Dylan Larkin on Henrik Zetterberg.



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RWBill's avatar

Thanks for the link.  Good article.

Posted by RWBill on 09/14/18 at 01:30 PM ET

Paul's avatar

John Kreiser of NHL.com,

Henrik Zetterberg’s NHL career ended Friday. Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said the 37-year-old forward is unable to continue to play because of a degenerative back condition. Zetterberg will be placed on long-term injured reserve; he has three seasons remaining on a 12-year contract he signed Jan. 28, 2009.

Zetterberg is fifth in Red Wings history in points (960), goals (337) and assists (623). He also had 120 points (57 goals, 63 assists) in 137 Stanley Cup Playoff games, fifth on the Red Wings’ all-time list. He was Detroit’s captain for the final six seasons of his career after succeeding Nicklas Lidstrom in 2012.

It’s been a remarkable 15 seasons for a player taken in the seventh round (No. 210) of the 1999 NHL Draft. Here are some of the highlights:


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/14/18 at 02:20 PM ET

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Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,

The Red Wings’ franchise has played host to numerous legends during the team’s storied tenure in the NHL and Zetterberg certainly belongs among that pantheon. One of the best two-way players in the game, Zetterberg is a Stanley Cup champion and Conn Smythe winner. Thanks to gold medals at the 2006 Olympics and World Championship, he is also part of the rare ‘Triple Gold Club,’ which features just 28 members in all of hockey.

Zetterberg’s origin story is already legend. Taken 210th overall by the Red Wings back in 1999, the Swedish project was part of a wave of incredible finds by Detroit super-scout Hakan Andersson, who also nabbed the Wings Tomas Holmstrom and Pavel Datsyuk with incredibly late selections.

Zetterberg arrived in Detroit during the salad days, as superstars Sergei Fedorov, Brett Hull and Nicklas Lidstrom were leading a pre-salary cap group of legends. As players such as Fedorov, Hull and Brendan Shanahan aged out, Zetterberg and Lidstrom formed the next bulwark along with Datsyuk. Detroit beat a young Pittsburgh Penguins team for the Cup in 2008, with Zetterberg tallying the winning goal. On the strength of 27 points in 22 post-season games, he was awarded the Conn Smythe as playoff MVP. Detroit would head back to the final one year later, but Pittsburgh bested them in the rematch. Though Zetterberg would never return to the final, he became one of the most reliable two-way players in the league, using his smarts on defense and his playmaking ability on offense. He also took over the captaincy when fellow Swede Lidstrom retired in 2012.

For years now, Zetterberg has been the sinew of the Red Wings, particularly since Datysuk decamped for the KHL in 2016. Detroit’s incredible streak of 25 straight seasons in the playoffs ended in 2017 and the writing was on the wall that a rebuild was finally necessary.

read on

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/14/18 at 02:52 PM ET

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Thanks for the memories, Henrik.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 09/14/18 at 03:46 PM ET


Yzerman and Zetterberg, #1 and #2 on my list of favorite Red Wings of my time. Sad day.

Posted by VPalmer on 09/14/18 at 11:23 PM ET

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