Henrik Zetterberg

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Henrik Zetterberg
Henrik Zetterberg.jpg
Born(1980-10-09) October 9, 1980 (age 33)
Njurunda, Sweden
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
PositionCenter/left wing[1]
NHL team
Former teams
Detroit Red Wings
Timrå Red Eagles
EV Zug
National team Sweden
NHL Draft210th overall, 1999
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career1997–present
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Henrik Zetterberg
Henrik Zetterberg.jpg
Born(1980-10-09) October 9, 1980 (age 33)
Njurunda, Sweden
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
PositionCenter/left wing[1]
NHL team
Former teams
Detroit Red Wings
Timrå Red Eagles
EV Zug
National team Sweden
NHL Draft210th overall, 1999
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career1997–present

Henrik Zetterberg (born October 9, 1980) is a Swedish professional ice hockey centre/left wing and captain of the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL). Along with winning the Stanley Cup in 2008, Zetterberg won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player of the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He also won gold medals in the 2006 Ice Hockey World Championships and 2006 Winter Olympics, making him a member of the Triple Gold Club.

Playing career[edit]

Swedish career[edit]

Zetterberg started out by playing his youth league games for the Njurunda Sports Club, as did Fredrik Modin. In 2008, the club renamed their arena—until then known as Njurunda Ishall—to Modin & Zetterberg-hallen in their honor.[2]

Zetterberg caught the attention of the Red Wings' Assistant General Manager Jim Nill and Director of European Scouting Håkan Andersson during a tournament in Finland. While Andersson was trying to point out Mattias Weinhandl, Nill could not help noticing "this little Zetterberg guy who always seemed to have the puck."[3][4]

Zetterberg was selected by the Detroit Red Wings 210th overall in the seventh round of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. Detroit was under criticism at the time for "mortgaging its future," trading away many of its earlier picks in the 1999 draft. After playing for Timrå IK of the Swedish Elitserien for the 2000–01 and 2001–02 seasons, Zetterberg came to Detroit to play in the NHL for the 2002–03 season.

NHL career[edit]

Zetterberg made his NHL debut against the San Jose Sharks on October 10, 2002, at the Joe Louis Arena. He played in 79 games his rookie season, scoring 22 goals and 22 assists for 44 points, leading all first-year players. Zetterberg finished the season as runner-up for the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year behind St. Louis Blues defenceman Barret Jackman. In his second season, Zetterberg nearly matched his rookie stats despite missing 21 games due to a broken leg suffered against the Vancouver Canucks early in the season on November 5, 2003.[5] Due to the owners' lockout the next season, Zetterberg returned to Sweden to play for Timrå IK in 2004–05, leading the Elitserien in scoring with 50 points in 50 games.[6]


As the NHL resumed in 2005–06, Zetterberg emerged as an NHL star and was also named an alternate captain in the absence of team captain Steve Yzerman. He enjoyed his second best statistical season in 2005–06, tallying 39 goals and 85 points, second in team-scoring to Pavel Datsyuk in a lineup which included Zetterberg and teammates Tomas Holmström, Mikael Samuelsson, Nicklas Lidström, and Niklas Kronwall (sometimes Andreas Lilja). The combination was dubbed the "Swedish Five", a concept similar to the famed Russian Five of the Red Wings during the 1990s. All five players would also skate together at the 2006 Winter Olympics, helping Sweden to a gold medal.

With the announced retirement of Steve Yzerman during the season, Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet speculated that Zetterberg might take over the captaincy for the Red Wings,[7] but Nicklas Lidström was instead named Yzerman's successor while Zetterberg was named an alternate on the day of the Red Wings' 2006–07 season opener. That season, Zetterberg was selected for the 2007 NHL All-Star Game, but withdrew to rest an injured wrist.[8] Later in the year, Zetterberg scored his 100th career goal against the Phoenix Coyotes on February 8, 2007, prompting Coyotes head coach Wayne Gretzky to comment that Zetterberg is "probably the most underrated player in the league."[9] Nine days later, on February 17, in another game against the Coyotes, Zetterberg picked up his first career hat-trick, all power play goals, and added an assist on an empty-net goal by Jason Williams for a four-point game.[10] He finished the season with 68 points in his injury-shortened 63-game season.

Zetterberg during a break in the action in 2006.

Zetterberg began the 2007–08 season with a 16-game point-scoring streak, breaking the record of 14 games set by former Red Wing Norm Ullman in 1960. He was voted to start for the Western Conference in the 2008 NHL All-Star Game alongside teammates Chris Osgood (who was named a starter after Roberto Luongo declined), Nicklas Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk, but again did not play in the game due to back problems.[11] Despite missing time due to injury, Zetterberg recorded a career-year with personal bests of 43 goals, 49 assists and 92 points in 75 games. He went on to add a 27 points in 22 playoff games, leading the Red Wings to the 2008 Stanley Cup championship, their 11th in team history. In game six of the Finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Zetterberg scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal and was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoffs MVP afterwards. His 13 playoff goals tied with teammate Johan Franzén for the Red Wings record for most in a single postseason. At the end of the season, Zetterberg was also up for the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward, but finished as a runner-up to teammate Pavel Datsyuk.[12]

In the final year of his contract in 2008–09, Zetterberg agreed to a 12-year, $73 million contract extension with the Red Wings on January 28, 2009. The deal is the longest and most lucrative in franchise history.[13] Zetterberg recorded 11 goals and 13 assists for the Red Wings during the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs that saw them reach Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, only to lose to their 2008 opponent the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Despite a slow start to the 2009-10 NHL Season, Zetterberg's play quickly improved, and he recorded the fourth hat trick of his career on November 14 against the Anaheim Ducks, scoring three goals in the third period of Detroit's 7–4 victory. He scored seven goals during the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs, which saw Detroit bow out in the second round against San Jose.

Zetterberg posted 80 points in 80 games in the 2010–11 NHL season. However, the Red Wings were eliminated in the 2nd round of the Playoffs, again to San Jose.

In the 2011-12 NHL season, Zetterberg played on the 2nd line alongside Valtteri Filppula and Jiří Hudler. Both teammates had career seasons playing on the line centered by Zetterberg. Filppula scored a career high 66 points while Hudler had a 50 point season (25 goals, 25 assists). The Red Wings fell 4–1 to the Nashville Predators in the first round of the Playoffs, their earliest playoff exit since 2006.

Zetterberg signed with EV Zug in Switzerland during the 2012 NHL lockout.[14]

On January 15, 2013, Zetterberg was named captain of the Red Wings, succeeding Nicklas Lidström who retired following the previous season.[15]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  Sweden
Ice hockey
Winter Olympics
Silver2014 Sochi
Gold2006 Turin
World Championships
Gold2006 Latvia
Silver2003 Finland
Bronze2002 Sweden
Bronze2001 Germany

Zetterberg has been a consistent part of the Swedish national team, "Tre Kronor", since 2001. He has enjoyed a fair amount of success in the IIHF World Championships, winning a medal in four of the five years he has appeared in that tournament. He was one of just two non-NHLers named to the Swedish squad for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.

He won a gold medal in the 2006 Winter Olympics and then again in the 2006 World Championship in Riga, playing a part in the international sweep (both Olympic and World Champion the same year). Zetterberg is one of only eight players to capture this sweep.

Zetterberg in 2008

With the 2008 Stanley Cup championship, Zetterberg became a member of the Triple Gold Club. The term is used for an exclusive group of ice hockey players who have won Olympic gold, World Championship gold, and the Stanley Cup. Zetterberg is one of 24 members of this exclusive club, a club that also includes several teammates and his current head coach.

Zetterberg was named captain of Team Sweden for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. On-going troubles with a herniated disc in his back, which caused Zetterberg to miss 13 games with the Red Wings earlier in the season, forced Zetterberg out of the 2014 Winter Olympics. Teammate Niklas Kronwall was named captain for the remainder of the tournament.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Zetterberg goes by the nicknames of "Zäta" (pronounced "Zaeta," which means "Z" in Swedish);"Z", "Curly Fries","Zeekerberg" and "Hank," an anglicized shortening of Henrik that is used by his Red Wings teammates. The latest nickname given to him, by teammate Pavel Datsyuk, is "Zetty the Grizzly Teddy". He also goes by the nickname "Rick" by some of his comrades. He and his fellow linemate Pavel Datsyuk have been nicknamed by commentators and the Detroit media as the "Euro Twins" and "The Hank and Pav Show." He also carries the nickname "Sasha," which he was given by Tomas Holmström to match "Pasha" Datsyuk.

In 2007, Zetterberg appeared lightly disguised under the name Henrik Berg in a Swedish novel – Mitt Timmerå – by Emil Siekkinen.[17]

In the summer of 2008 he became engaged to Emma Andersson, a Swedish model and TV host. On July 23, 2010, Henrik married his fiancee near the bride's hometown in Mölle, Sweden.[18]

Zetterberg is one of the few NHL players who served some sort of military service as Sweden at that time had compulsory conscription.[19]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

  Regular season Playoffs
1997–98Timrå IKSwe-216123440110
1998–99Timrå IKSwe-237151328242132
1999–00Timrå IKSwe-2422014342010104144
2000–01Timrå IKSEL4715314624
2001–02Timrå IKSEL4810223220
2002–03Detroit Red WingsNHL79222244841010
2003–04Detroit Red WingsNHL6115284314122244
2004–05Timrå IKSEL501931502476282
2005–06Detroit Red WingsNHL773946853066062
2006–07Detroit Red WingsNHL633335683618681412
2007–08Detroit Red WingsNHL75434992342213142716
2008–09Detroit Red WingsNHL77314273362311132413
2009–10Detroit Red WingsNHL74234770261278156
2010–11Detroit Red WingsNHL802456804073582
2011–12Detroit Red WingsNHL822247694752134
2012–13EV ZugNLA2316163220
2012–13Detroit Red WingsNHL46113748181448128
Elitserien totals14544841286876282
NHL totals714263409672289123555911467


Senior int'l totals7317385528

Awards & Achievements[edit]

Zetterberg with the Red Wings in Pittsburgh, January 2010.


AwardYear(s) awarded
Rookie of the Year2001
All-Star Team2002, 2005


AwardYear(s) awarded
All-Rookie Team2003
All-Star Game2007, 2008*
Second All-Star Team2008
Conn Smythe Trophy2008
Stanley Cup2008
NHL Foundation Player Award2013

* Could not play because of injury.

AwardYear(s) nominated
Calder Memorial Trophy2003
Frank J. Selke Trophy2008



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  2. ^ "Njurunda ishall byter namn" (in Swedish). Dagbladet Nya Samhället. August 14, 2008. Retrieved March 14, 2009. 
  3. ^ Wigge, Larry (May 22, 2008). "Zetterberg has grown into an NHL superstar". NHL.com. Retrieved May 25, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Drake/Holland conference call transcript". mlive.com. May 22, 2008. Retrieved May 25, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Forward sidelined with broken leg". ESPN. November 6, 2003. Retrieved January 29, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Svenska Ishockeyförbundet – Official Statistics" (PDF). Swedish Ice Hockey Association. May 8, 2005. Retrieved October 1, 2007. 
  7. ^ (Swedish) "Yzermans arvtagare". Aftonbladet.se. Retrieved August 11, 2006. 
  8. ^ Niyo, John (2007). "No All-Star for Zetterberg". The Detroit News. Retrieved February 9, 2007. [dead link]
  9. ^ Kulfan, Ted (2007). "Zetterberg puts on show for Great One". The Detroit News. Retrieved February 9, 2007. 
  10. ^ "Zetterberg scores all three goals on power play in win". Associated Press via ESPN. February 17, 2007. Retrieved January 29, 2009. 
  11. ^ Brehm, Mike (January 23, 2008). "All-Star game realigned". USA Today. Retrieved January 29, 2009. 
  12. ^ [1][dead link]
  13. ^ Khan, Ansar (January 27, 2009) Red Wings, Henrik Zetterberg agree on 12-year, ,2-million deal. MLive.com. Retrieved on 2013-08-12.
  14. ^ Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg agrees to join Swiss team. Usatoday.com (October 8, 2012). Retrieved on 2013-08-12.
  15. ^ |topnews |text |Detroit%20Red%20Wings Detroit Red Wings | Detroit Free Press. freep.com (January 15, 2013). Retrieved on 2013-08-12.
  16. ^ Sweden's Zetterberg out of Olympics NHL.com, February 14, 2014
  17. ^ Mitt Timmerå, Emil Siekkinen, Hammerdal förlag och reportage, 2007.
  18. ^ NHL.com (July 23, 2010). "Red Wings' Zetterberg marries Andersson". NHL.com. 
  19. ^ Zetterberg remembers his military service
  20. ^ The Hockey News, November 20, 2007, page 14
  21. ^ "Henrik Zetterberg Wins Inaugural TSN Award". The Sports Network. June 13, 2008. Retrieved June 12, 2009. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Mikael Renberg
Golden Puck
Succeeded by
Niklas Andersson
Preceded by
Nicklas Lidström
Erik Karlsson
Winner of the Viking Award
Succeeded by
Nicklas Bäckström
Preceded by
Scott Niedermayer
Winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy
Succeeded by
Evgeni Malkin
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Nicklas Lidstrom
Detroit Red Wings captain