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Henrik Zetterberg Joins The IIHF 2023 Hall of Fame Class

12/09/2022 at 12:25pm EST

The 21st member of the IIHF’s Triple Gold Club, Henrik Zetterberg was a player of exceptional skill and class during a career that spanned two decades in both Sweden and North America. In IIHF play, Zetterberg appeared in four Olympic games, six World Championships, the 2004 World Cup, and the 2000 World Juniors. He was part of that historic double in 2006, when Tre Kronor won gold at both the Turin Olympics and the World Championships in Riga.

In his rookie season with the Detroit Red Wings in 2002/03, Zetterberg had 22 goals and was runner-up for the Calder Trophy. He was instrumental in Detroit’s successful run to the Stanley Cup in 2008 when the Wings beat Sidney Crosby and Pittsburgh in six games. Zetterberg scored the Cup-winning goal early in the third period, only the seventh European to have done so, and he was given the Conn Smythe Trophy for his superior play throughout the playoffs. After Nicklas Lidstrom retired, Zetterberg was named Detroit captain starting in 2012/13. He wore the “C” for the final six years of his career, retiring in 2018 because of a back injury.


Beard alone should've gotten him in. 

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