Red Wings, Hen­rik Zet­ter­berg say his play­ing ca­reer is over

Journal Pioneer - - SPORT - BY LARRY LAGE

The Detroit Red Wings and Hen­rik Zet­ter­berg say his pro­fes­sional hockey ca­reer is over due to a back in­jury. The team and Zet­ter­berg made the an­nounce­ment Fri­day at the team’s train­ing camp in Tra­verse City, Michi­gan. Zet­ter­berg will go on long-term in­jured re­serve with three years left on his 12-year, $73 mil­lion con­tract. The 37-year-old Swede will con­tinue to be paid and the team will get some $6 mil­lion in salary cap re­lief. Zet­ter­berg helped the Red Wings hoist the 2008 Stan­ley Cup, win­ning the Conn Smythe Tro­phy as the top player in the post­sea­son. He had 337 goals and 960 ca­reer points over 15 sea­sons and reg­u­larly was a can­di­date for the Selke Tro­phy hon­our­ing the NHL’s best de­fen­sive for­ward.

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Detroit Red Wings’ Hen­rik Zet­ter­berg plays against the Carolina Hur­ri­canes in the first pe­riod of an NHL game ear­lier this year in Detroit.

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