DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 22: Henrik Zetterberg #40 of the Detroit Red Wings salutes the fans as he is introduced for his first home game as the Red Wings captain prior to playing the Dallas Stars at Joe Louis Arena on January 22, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 22: Henrik Zetterberg #40 of the Detroit Red Wings salutes the fans as he is introduced for his first home game as the Red Wings captain prior to playing the Dallas Stars at Joe Louis Arena on January 22, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Biography

Henrik Zetterberg was considered a long shot when he was selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the seventh round (210th overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. Though impressed with his skill, management figured he would be more of a fourth-line winger, who would most likely have to pay his dues in the minors. But, much to their surprise, the Njurunda native proved to be a third-line workhorse filled with determination and will. Earning praise from veterans like Leafs´ captain Mats Sundin, who said the talented young winger reminded him Peter Forsberg, Zetterberg has overcome the odds and emerged as an asset to the organization.

Prior to the opening of the 1999–00 season, Zetterberg attracted lots of interest from several Swedish Elite League teams. However, despite temptation, he remained in Timra with the hope of elevating the team into the country’s top league.

Within no time at all, Zetterberg established himself as the league’s most dangerous offensive talent. Notching 16 goals and 24 points in 31 regular season appearances, the determined 19-year-old continued to press forward in the playoffs, scoring 14 goals and 24 points in just 21 games. He also helped guarantee Timra a spot in the Swedish Elite League in 2000–01. During that year, Zetterberg was named assistant captain of Sweden’s World Junior team. As is his nature, he gave 100% effort to the tournament and finished with three goals and five points in seven games. Spectators were amazed; quickly pointing out Zetterberg was by far the country´s best forward throughout the event.

Zetterberg was honored with Sweden´s Rookie of the Year award

In 2000–01, Zetterberg and his team made their debut in the Swedish Elite League. It was during this period of time that he began to grow as a player. As the season came to a close, Zetterberg was honored with Sweden´s Rookie of the Year award, and was tied fourth in the league’s scoring race with 15 goals and 46 points in 47 games. In 2001–02, Zetterberg finished the season with 10 goals and 22 assists in 48 games. It helped him capture the Golden Puck award, an honor received by the best player in Elitserien.

On the international level, Zetterberg not only represented Sweden in both the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics and World Championships, but also dazzled the crowd with an amazing four-goal performance in the gold medal final at the Swedish Hockey Games. That performance was the deciding factor in making Zetterberg “Best Swede,” an honor given to the country’s top participant in international competition.

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 2: Henrik Zetterberg #40 of the Detroit Red Wings skates onto the ice after being introduced for the pre-game ceremonies before an NHL game against the Buffalo Sabres at Joe Louis Arena on October 2, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. The Wings won 2-1 (Photo by Dave Reginek//NHLI via Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 2: Henrik Zetterberg #40 of the Detroit Red Wings skates onto the ice after being introduced for the pre-game ceremonies before an NHL game against the Buffalo Sabres at Joe Louis Arena on October 2, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. The Wings won 2-1 (Photo by Dave Reginek//NHLI via Getty Images)

Achievements

2000–2001 Swedish Elite League Rookie of the Year, Timra Red Eagles.

2001 Bronze Medal for Tre Kronor (Sweden) at International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships.

2002 Bronze Medal for Tre Kronor (Sweden) at International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships.

2001–2002 “Guldpucken” (Golden Puck) Sweden’s Best Hockey Player, while playing for Timra of the Swedish Elite League.

2003 Silver Medal for Tre Kronor (Sweden) at International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships.

2003 The Sporting News Rookie Of The Year (Voted on by NHL Players).

2003 NHL All-Rookie Team, Lead NHL Rookies with 22 goals and 44 total points.

2004–2005 Swedish Elite League Scoring Champion with 50 points (19 goals, 31 assists) in 50 games. For Timra Red Eagles.

2006 Gold Medal for Tre Kronor (Sweden) at Winter Olympics in Torino.

2006 Gold Medal for Tre Kronor (Sweden) at International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships.

2007 Selected to NHL All-Star Team (Western Conference). Did not play (Tendonitis of wrist).

2007 Selected as NHL’s “First Star” of the Week (ending February 11th) with 5 goals and 4 assists in 4 games.

2007 Selected as NHL’s “First Star” of the Week (ending February 18th) with 4 goals and 4 assists in 3 games.

2007 Selected as NHL’s “First Star” of the Month” (October) with 10 goals and 12 assists in 13 games.

2007 Selected as Carhartt’s “Hardest Working Player” of the Month (October) with 10 goals and 12 assists in 13 games.

2007 Selected as “Free Press Best Athlete in Detroit Sports” over Magglio Ordonez (Tigers) and Chauncey Billups (Pistons).

2008 Voted to start for NHL All-Star Team (Western Conference). Did not play (Sore back).

2008 Nominated as one of three finalists for Selke Trophy, awarded to NHL’s best defensive forward, along with linemate Pavel Datsyuk and John Madden of the New Jersey Devils. (Winner: Datsyuk).

2007–2008 Presidents Trophy, awarded to the team which finishes the regular season with the best record in the NHL.

2008 Clarence S. Campbell Bowl awarded to the Western Conference Champion Detroit Red Wings. Defeated the Dallas Stars 4 games to 2.

2008 Conn Smythe Award Winner awarded to the Most Valuable Player in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

2008 Stanley Cup Champion awarded to the NHL Champion Detroit Red Wings. Defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 4 games to 2.

2008 Voted to NHL All-Star (second team) as voted on by the representatives of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

2008 Voted TSN’s NHL Player of the Year over Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals.

2010 Played in his 500th career NHL game (2010-03-30).

2011-2012 World Championship All-Star Team.

2011-2012 World Championship Most Assists (12).

2011-2012 World Championship Top 3 Player on Team.

2012-2013 NHL Foundation Player Award.

2013 Named 36th captain in team history by the Detroit Red Wings (2013-01-15).

VANCOUVER, CANADA - FEBRUARY 2: Henrik Zetterberg #40 of the Detroit Red Wings watches the puck go behind Roberto Luongo #1 of the Vancouver Canucks during their NHL game  at Rogers Arena February 2, 2012 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
VANCOUVER, CANADA - FEBRUARY 2: Henrik Zetterberg #40 of the Detroit Red Wings watches the puck go behind Roberto Luongo #1 of the Vancouver Canucks during their NHL game at Rogers Arena February 2, 2012 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

Chronology

Birthdate: October 9th, 1980
Born: Njurunda, Sweden
Residence: Bloomfield Hills, Mi
Marital Status: Wife
Position: LW, C
Jersey: #40
Shoots: Left
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 195 lbs
Seasons in NHL: 11
Aquired: Detroit’s 4th choice, seventh round, (210th overall) in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft

Zetterberg hails from the small East Coast town of Njurunda, Sweden. Growing up he played hockey almost everyday with his friends. During the summer months, after hockey season had come to a close, the same group of friends would gather for an exhilarating game of soccer. Zetterberg credits his fellow countrymen; Tomas Holmstrom and Nicklas Lidstrom, for helping him embrace both the NHL and life in North America.

Statistics

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM Playoffs GP G A TP PIM
 1997-1998 Timrå IK J20 SuperElit 18 9 5 14 4 |
Timrå IK Division 1 16 1 2 3 4 | Qualification 4 0 1 1 0
Sweden U18 EJC-18 6 2 1 3 4 |
 1998-1999 Timrå IK Division 1 37 15 13 28 12 | Qualification 4 2 1 3 2
Sweden U20 (all) International-Jr 3 0 0 0 2 |
 1999-2000 Timrå IK J20 SuperElit 1 0 1 1 0 |
Timrå IK Allsvenskan 42 20 14 34 20 | Kvalserien SHL 10 10 4 14 4
Sweden U20 WJC-20 7 3 2 5 8 |
Sweden U20 (all) International-Jr 15 5 9 14 12 |
 2000-2001 Timrå IK SHL 47 15 31 46 24 |
Sweden WC 9 1 3 4 2 |
Sweden (all) International 27 4 6 10 12 |
 2001-2002 Timrå IK SHL 48 10 22 32 20 | Kvalserien SHL 8 7 5 12 2
Sweden OG 4 0 1 1 0 |
Sweden WC 9 0 7 7 4 |
Sweden (all) International 24 4 13 17 8 |
 2002-2003 Detroit Red Wings NHL 79 22 22 44 8 | Playoffs 4 1 0 1 0
Sweden WC 9 3 4 7 2 |
Sweden (all) International 9 3 4 7 2 |
 2003-2004 Detroit Red Wings NHL 61 15 28 43 14 | Playoffs 12 2 2 4 4
Sweden WCup 4 1 1 2 4 |
Sweden (all) International 7 1 2 3 4 |
 2004-2005 Timrå IK SHL 50 19 31 50 24 | Playoffs 7 6 2 8 2
Sweden EHT 6 3 5 8 0 |
Sweden WC 9 2 4 6 4 |
Sweden (all) International 23 8 12 20 6 |
 2005-2006 Detroit Red Wings NHL 77 39 46 85 30 | Playoffs 6 6 0 6 2
Sweden OG 8 3 3 6 0 |
Sweden WC 8 2 3 5 6 |
Sweden (all) International 16 5 6 11 6 |
 2006-2007 Detroit Red Wings NHL 63 33 35 68 36 | Playoffs 18 6 8 14 12
 2007-2008 Detroit Red Wings NHL 75 43 49 92 34 | Playoffs 22 13 14 27 16
 2008-2009 Detroit Red Wings NHL 77 31 42 73 36 | Playoffs 23 11 13 24 13
 2009-2010 Detroit Red Wings NHL 74 23 47 70 26 | Playoffs 12 7 8 15 6
Sweden OG 4 1 0 1 2 |
Sweden (all) International 4 1 0 1 2 |
 2010-2011 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 24 56 80 40 | Playoffs 7 3 5 8 2
 2011-2012 Detroit Red Wings NHL 82 22 47 69 47 | Playoffs 5 2 1 3 4
Sweden WC 8 3 12 15 4 |
Sweden (all) International 8 3 12 15 4 |
 2012-2013 Zug NLA 23 16 16 32 20 |
Zug ET 1 2 1 3 0 |
Detroit Red Wings NHL 46 11 37 48 18 | Playoffs 14 4 8 12 8
 2013-2014 Detroit Red Wings NHL 45 16 32 48 20 | Playoffs 2 1 1 2 0
Sweden OG 1 1 0 1 0 |
Sweden (all) International 1 1 0 1 0 |
 2014-2015 Detroit Red Wings NHL 77 17 49 66 32 | Playoffs 7 0 3 3 8
 2015-2016 Detroit Red Wings NHL 82 13 37 50 24 | Playoffs 5 1 0 1 4
 2016-2017 Detroit Red Wings NHL 82 17 51 68 22 |
 2017-2018 Detroit Red Wings NHL |
DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 12:  Henrik Zetterberg #40 of the Detroit Red Wings scores the game winning goal in a shootout on Mike Smith #41 of the Phoenix Coyotes during an NHL game at Joe Louis Arena on January 12, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. Wings win 3-2 in shootout. (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 12: Henrik Zetterberg #40 of the Detroit Red Wings scores the game winning goal in a shootout on Mike Smith #41 of the Phoenix Coyotes during an NHL game at Joe Louis Arena on January 12, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. Wings win 3-2 in shootout. (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

Hanks Z-Cast Podcast

Z-Cast, the official podcast of Henrik Zetterberg. Z-Cast is a weekely podcast with Henrik Zetterberg, interviewed by Detroits Bill Roose, which features first-hand updates on the Detroit Red Wings as well as other interesting information about Henrik. Now featuring Z-Mailbox, where Hank answers questions sent in by fans.

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 17:  Henrik Zetterberg #40 of the Detroit Red Wings and his teammates celebrate an insurance goal by Pavel Datsyuk #13 of the Detroit Red Wings against the Colorado Avalanche in the thrid period at Pepsi Center on October 17, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Red Wings defeated the Avalanche 4-2.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 17: Henrik Zetterberg #40 of the Detroit Red Wings and his teammates celebrate an insurance goal by Pavel Datsyuk #13 of the Detroit Red Wings against the Colorado Avalanche in the thrid period at Pepsi Center on October 17, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Red Wings defeated the Avalanche 4-2. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Gallery

DETROIT, MI - FEBRUARY 14: Henrik Zetterberg #40 of the Detroit Red Wings salutes fans as the first star of the game after the Red Wings NHL record breaking 21st consecutive home victory defeating the Dallas Stars 3-1 at Joe Louis Arena on February 14, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - FEBRUARY 14: Henrik Zetterberg #40 of the Detroit Red Wings salutes fans as the first star of the game after the Red Wings NHL record breaking 21st consecutive home victory defeating the Dallas Stars 3-1 at Joe Louis Arena on February 14, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

New season, new challenges!

We had a great season in 2008 and while we didnt win the Stanley Cup we gave it our best shot. Now it is a new year and we are faced with new challenges. A few players have left and a few new have come. That is why it is even more important that you support the Red Wings during the 2009-2010 season.

I hope you continue to enjoy the website and return as often as you like to see how the season is going for me. Thanks once again for all your continued support.

Warm regards,
Henrik Zetterberg

Red Wings win No. 701 in the 312

CHICAGO – The atmosphere was electric. Bundled-up fans got a chance to extend their New Year’s Eve parties and watch hockey in a venerable stadium where baseball usually fills the seats.

If the setting was different, the results were the same Thursday. The Red Wings beat the Chicago Blackhawks again — in the 701st regular-season meeting between the two clubs — this time out in the cold at Wrigley Field in the Winter Classic.

Players from both sides agreed on two things following Detroit’s 6-4 comeback victory: The weather and the condition of the ice had little or no bearing on the result, and the overall experience was a blast.

“It exceeded my expectations,” said Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom, who returned after missing two games with a sore ankle. “I don’t think the wind or playing outdoors bothered either team.”

Temperature at faceoff on an overcast day was a very bearable 32 degrees, even though a wind blowing at 18 mph made it a bundle-up afternoon for 40,818 fans at the second oldest baseball park in the major leagues.

“Holy Cow. It’s Cold,” read one sign, using the longtime catch phrase of the late Cubs broadcaster Harry Caray.

Pavel Datsyuk skated through two defenders for a go-ahead score in a three-goal second period, and the Red Wings scored twice in a 17-second span of the third to complete the comeback.

“I kind of had my mouth open in the beginning,” said Detroit’s Jiri Hudler, who had two goals in the second period to tie the game. “We were all looking at each other during the anthem – ‘Wow, this is awesome.”

The teams used the same locker rooms that the Cubs (Blackhawks) and visitors (Red Wings) use during the baseball season. The players trudged on covered skates through tunnels, up and down steps and across a tarp-like carpet to the rink. The Red Wings’ coaching staff kept their heads warm with fedoras.

Martin Havlat had a goal and two assists to help the Blackhawks go up 3-1 after one period. But the Red Wings showed why they are the defending Stanley Cup champions, rallying to beat the Blackhawks for the fourth straight time this season and second time in less than 48 hours.

“They are the best team in the world. They are a team that can just take over when they want to,” Chicago’s Patrick Kane said.

Havlat also said the weather wasn’t much of a factor in the disappointing loss. The Red Wings had beaten Chicago 4-0 on Tuesday night in Detroit.

“It was not too bad,” he said. “You could feel it on your toes in the skates, but we were moving and it was pretty warm on the benches.”

Brian Rafalski scored on a power play 3:07 into the third period for a 5-3 lead. Seventeen seconds later, Brett Lebda’s shot from between the circles appeared to go over Huet, but officials needed a video review to determine that it was a goal. After it was ruled good, Huet was pulled for Nikolai Khabibulin.

Video screens in right and left fields were set up to help fans who couldn’t follow the puck from the lower seats. Most didn’t necessarily need them – they stood up behind the two dugouts to see over the boards. And stay warm at the same time.

Even though most of the snow in Chicago had melted last week, the entire field was covered by the white stuff – some of it compliments of a snowmaking machine.

“It was a cool feeling seeing 45,000 fans screaming and yelling,” Kane said. “The atmosphere was really unreal.”

Detroit goaltender Ty Conklin played in his third outdoor NHL game. He was the winner last year in the initial Winter Classic when the Penguins beat the Sabres 2-1 in a shootout at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y., before an NHL-record 71,217 fans.

He was also in net for the Oilers when they faced Montreal in 2003 before 57,167 fans outdoors in Edmonton.

“I count myself very lucky. There’s not a guy in this league who wouldn’t like to play in these games,” Conklin said. “I’ve had the opportunity to play in three of them.”

The game Thursday was halted momentarily in the first period for minor ice repair that took less than a minute to complete. But there appeared to be no major problems with the surface, part of a two-week long project to turn a baseball park into a hockey venue.

“I think the weather conditions were ideal. The ice was really good. It was probably better than it is in some of our rinks,” commissioner Gary Bettman said, adding he doesn’t have a location right now for next year’s Winter Classic.

If a player happened to step out the back of the penalty box, he would nearly land on the far side of the pitcher’s mound. The goals ran from the first base line to the third base line.

The ancient scoreboard at Wrigley Field – which is still hand operated for many of the baseball operations – featured the day’s matchup of NHL games. There was also a temporary scoreboard below the big one, set up just for hockey.

Several Red Wings, including Conklin, entertained fans in the concourse about 90 minutes before the game by kicking and heading a soccer ball to each other.

Dan Cleary, whose hard check in Tuesday night’s game at Detroit caused a leg injury to Blackhawks star Kane, was driven into the Chicago bench early in the game on a hit from Brent Seabrook.

Kris Versteeg scored on a power play rebound to give the Hawks an early 1-0 lead.

Detroit evened it as a power play was winding down when Henrik Zetterberg went behind the net and fed Mikael Samuelsson. But minutes later, on yet another power play, Versteeg made a nice backhanded pass to Havlat, who shot it past Conklin for a 2-1 lead.

Chicago’s third goal of the opening period came from Ben Eager with 42 seconds to go. He went behind the goal, withstood a hit from Detroit’s Andreas Lilja and then reversed his direction before beating Conklin to make it 3-1.

Less than two minutes into the second period, Hudler got a rebound goal, and the Red Wings tied it when Hudler scored again on a rebound one second after a power play for Detroit ended.

GAME NOTES: Involved in pre-game ceremonies were former Cubs Ferguson Jenkins, Ryne Sandberg and Billy Williams, along with ex-Blackhawks Bobby Hull, Denis Savard, Stan Mikita and Tony Esposito and former Red Wings’ star Ted Lindsay. … Duncan Keith scored the Blackhawks’ final goal on a power play with 10 seconds left. … Detroit had a 43-37 advantage in shots.