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Witnessing The Henrik Zetterberg Announcement

from George Malik of The Malik Report,

First and foremost, Holland spoke, dropping the highly-anticipated bombshell that Zetterberg would no longer be able to play per recommendations from Wings team doctor Douglas Plagens and Dr. Frank Cammisa, who performed the discectomy on Zetterberg in 2014. Holland was as blunt and as brief as Holland can possibly be regarding the situation, and so, several feet away from me, the career of one of the most celebrated Wings ever drew to a close…

And then, in the bowels of a rink where cell phone coverage is spotty and the internet is up-and-down, Zetterberg himself came out, and a person who I admire as a human being first and a hockey player second did his best to keep things together while explaining why he’s stepping away from the game. There were more than a few moments when the corners of his mouth quivered from emotion, but the captain kept his cool, delivered a unified message, and that was that.

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added 4:51pm, Below, Patrick Kane on Zetterberg.

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Zetterberg himself came out, and a person who I admire as a human being first and a hockey player second did his best to keep things together while explaining why he’s stepping away from the game.

Pure Michigan, Pure Class.

Posted by calquake from a.k.a. Uniquake, workin' on my manifesto on 09/14/18 at 03:33 PM ET

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“Well it’s pretty unique. He’s been and he is such an elite player and it’s very unfortunate that he cannot continue,” Chara said. “The things he’s done for the Detroit Red Wings, for the organization and for the community, it’s pretty remarkable. I’m sure he’s going to always be remembered. … As players we always feel that those are the type of exits that you don’t want to see players have, leaving the game because of injuries. Hopefully he’s going to fully recover and have an amazing after-hockey-career life and he’s going to continue to improve his health status.”

Mat Kalman of CBS Boston has more.

Also, check the comments today in A2Y, I have added many stories and videos to those posts.

HSJ has video of Blashill talking about Zetterberg.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/14/18 at 03:43 PM ET

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NHL.com,

“I wasn’t sure if he was going to try to battle through or how bad it hurts,” said Montreal Canadiens forward Tomas Tatar, Zetterberg’s teammate for seven seasons in Detroit, including last season. “He’s a legend, he played there for a really, really long time. He taught me a lot of things so I have a lot of respect for that guy and he made me become a better person, that’s for sure.

“He is a really good centerman. ... He’s been a great leader, a great guy in the locker room, and obviously it’s a tough loss and that’s just the way sometimes hockey goes. You’re losing a player but health always goes first and you just have to deal with it.”

Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said, “I’ve got a lot of respect for Henrik and what he meant to the Red Wings, to the game, to the sport. ... He’s one of those players, his intelligence was off the charts. He could protect the puck as well as anybody and did a lot of things for the Red Wings organization. I wish him nothing but the best and I wish him good health.”

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/14/18 at 04:09 PM ET

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“He was an elite, elite player, a better competitor and maybe [even a] better person,” said Babcock. “A real leader.”

Chris Johnston of Sportsnet has the views of Auston Matthews on Zetterberg too.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/14/18 at 04:17 PM ET

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Craig Custance of The Athletic,

Major news like this doesn’t just impact one team. This is one of the NHL’s stars. He wasn’t Pavel Datsyuk flashy. He wasn’t Nicklas Lidstrom worshipped. But when the best players around the league competed against Henrik Zetterberg, they knew what they were in for.

And they respected him immensely for him.

“Nothing about Henrik Zetterberg jumped out at you as being — he wasn’t super fast or powerful or big but he was smart, he was just smooth, he always made the right decision,” Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews told The Athletic. “The plays he ended up making half the time, it was ‘How did he do that?’ He wasn’t turning on dimes and still sometimes he would undress guys, kind of like Datsyuk, but he did it in a different way.”

more (paid) players on Zetterberg…

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/14/18 at 05:59 PM ET

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He was an elite, elite player, a better competitor and maybe [even a] better person,” said Babcock. “A real leader.”

JFC, he’s not dead.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 09/14/18 at 06:51 PM ET

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A bit more from Babcock and Shanahan weighs in too, via Mike Zeisberger of NHL.com,

“He’s an elite player, better competitor, and maybe a better person, a real leader,” Babcock said. “He hurt his back … quite a while ago and has been able to train and fight through it. He’s got a young family, and he’s got the rest of his life. We wish him nothing but success.”

Babcock and Zetterberg won the Stanley Cup in 2008 with Detroit.

“They’ll miss his leadership, his drive, his competitiveness, his professionalism,” Babcock said. “He’s a good man.”

Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan was a Red Wings teammate of Zetterberg from 2002-06.

“I remember Henrik joining our team in the 2002-03 season and he had a great rookie year,” Shanahan said. “You could immediately see he had not only incredible skill, but great leadership.

“He goes down on a long list of great Detroit Red Wing captains.”

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/14/18 at 07:15 PM ET

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