If you’re a Red Wings fan or even a hockey fan in general then you probably already know that Henrik Zetterberg’s has called it a career due to his back injury.
We found out a few weeks ago that while he was expected to attend his team’s training camp in Traverse City, Michigan, he would not be skating. At that particular time, fans and his teammates were hopeful that he would be back on the ice but were also aware that he could be done.
Sadly, today is that day. It is time for us to appreciate what he’s done in his career.
For starters, he was one of the Wings’ most consistent players offensively. In 1082 career games, he had 960 points (337 goals and 623 assists, which put him relatively close to being about a point-per-game player. He was a player that consistently put up a good number of points as he had high-point totals of 85 (2005-06), 92 (2007-08), 80 (2010-11), 73 (2008-09), and 70 (2009-10).
If you look at his career stats, you will see that year in and year out, he produced. He played in all situations, scored a lot of big goals and was great at distributing the puck.
Secondly, he was an award winner. He won the Cup with his team in the 2007-08 season and was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the league’s most valuable player and also won the NHL Foundation Player Award (2012-13) and the King Clancy Memorial Trophy (2014-15).
He was also an unbelievable leader. He was the team captain from 2013 until now and bled red and white ever since he joined the team as a 22-year-old in 2002.
Zetterberg spent his entire career with one team. With the number of trades and free against signings that are prevalent in today’s NHL, it was awesome to see a guy who was extremely loyal and one who had been through everything with his team.
It is time for us to look back on his great career and hope that he ends up where he belongs – the Hockey Hall of Fame.