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Afternoon Line- Henrik Zetterberg

“I didn’t see myself last this long when I got drafted back in ‘99. I’ve been through all the good things, and some low things, during my career. Being in one organization for the whole time, being named the captain for this organization, I think that’s something special.

“It’s kind of surreal standing here and talking about that, that I’m done playing. I’ve played with some great teammates. Had some great teams throughout the years. In ’08, winning the Cup is probably the highlight.” 

-Henrik Zetterberg of the Detroit Red Wings.  Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press has more.

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Nicholas j. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

Henrik Zetterberg cannot play hockey anymore because of a degenerative back condition, signaling the end of an

era for the Detroit Red Wings.

Zetterberg, 37, one of the greatest players in Red Wings history, did not pass his physical and will go on long-term injured reserve, but he is not retiring with three years left on his contract, general manager Ken Holland said as the Red Wings opened training camp in Traverse City, Michigan on Friday.

Since Zetterberg had back surgery Feb. 21, 2014, his back has gotten worse. Part of the condition is significant arthritis. Although he played 82 games each of the past three seasons, he did not practice down the stretch last season and couldn’t train this summer.

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/14/18 at 12:59 PM ET

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