Ken Holland: Henrik Zetterberg’s Career Is Over
Detroit Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland announced on Friday morning that team captain Henrik Zetterberg's playing career is over due to a chronic back problem that he has dealt with for the last several years.
Holland made the announcement as the Red Wings open training camp in Traverse City. The team opens exhibition play next week.
The 37 year-old Zetterberg (pictured above) joined the Red Wings in 2002 (the year after the team won the Stanley Cup) after being drafted by the club in 1999 (7th round pick). And he was named captain of the Red Wings after the retirement of Nicklas Lidstrom in January of 2013.
Henrik scored 337 goals and dished out 623 assists during his career.
Zetterberg is expected to be put on long-term injured reserve, which frees up $6 million in cap space this season. Henrik has three years left on his deal with the Wings. No word yet as to who replaces Hank as team captain.