Detroit Red Wings Captain Henrik Zetterberg is calling it a career.
Ken Holland announced today that long-time Red Wing Henrik Zetterberg would not be returning to Detroit due to a back condition says Ansar Khan. This news comes after months of speculation regarding the Red Wings' captain's health, specifically the state of his back following an injury. Sadly, it's bad enough that the superstar forward is forced to retire.
Henrik Zetterberg will be missed in Detroit where, for a time, he was the face of hockey in that town. He was drafted by the Red Wings in the seventh round, 210th overall in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. He went on to play in 15 NHL seasons, all as a member of the Red Wings. He was named Captain of the team on January 15, 2013, following Niklas Lidstrom's retirement.
Over his long career, Zetterberg played in 1082 games scoring 337 goals and 623 assists for 960 points over the regular season. In the post-season, his numbers are equally impressive. In 137 games played, he has 57 goals and 63 assists for 120 points.
Henrik Zetterberg leaves the NHL with an impressive trophy case as well. He was part of the 2008 Red Wings Stanley Cup win, playing in 22 games and scoring 13 goals for 27 points. This performance led him to win the Conn Smythe Trophy for Most Valuable Player of the post-season. He was also named to the All-Star teams in 2007 and 2008 and was a Second All-Star Team winner in 2008. He also received the NHL Foundation Player Award in 2013 and the King Clancy Memorial Trophy in 2015.
Internationally, Henrik Zetterberg represented Sweden at multiple events. Most notably, he won gold with Sweden at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin and at the 2006 World Championships in Latvia. After winning the Stanley Cup in 2008, Zetterberg became a member of the "Triple Gold Club". This means he won a gold medal at the Olympics, the World Championships, and won a Stanley Cup.
Although the news may seem abrupt to some, it should not take away from the long and successful career of Henrik Zetterberg. Detroit fan or not, it's safe to say that Zetterberg will one day be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Farewell, Hank!