It’s the end of an era in Red Wings hockey with retirement of Forward Henrik Zetterberg.
Per Red Wings general manager Ken Holland, Zetterberg will be unable to continue his professional hockey career due to degenerative back condition. A condition that has hampered Zetterberg for the last few years.
The writing was on the wall later in the summer when it was said that Zetterberg’s back was beginning to threaten his time in the NHL moving forward. The issue occurred back in 2014 when he had to have surgery on a disk. The Red Wings captain stopped practicing back in January, but still was able to play in games with Detroit in what was his last season.
Zetterberg had a great 15 years in the NHL. Drafted 210th over by the Red Wings in the 1999 NHL draft. He made his NHL debut during the 2002-2003 season after spending those two years in Sweden. From there Zetterberg would go on to play 1,082 games with Detroit which would include winning a Stanley Cup and the Conn Smyth Trophy in 2008. In January of 2013 the Red Wings named Zetterberg as their team captain following the retirement of previous captain in defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom.
Zetterberg is also a two time all-star and ends his career with a couple of Red Wings franchise records under his belt. The record for goals (13- tied with Johan Franzen) and points (27) in a single playoff season. He is also 5th all-time in franchise history in points during the playoffs and regular season.