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Zetterberg officially named Red Wings captain

Jan 15, 2013, 6:03 PM EDT

Henrik Zetterberg AP

The Detroit Red Wings are going to have to get used to some significant changes this season, but at least they’ll still have a gifted Swedish captain.

The team confirmed rumors that Henrik Zetterberg will wear the “C” vacated by retired future Hall of Famer Nicklas Lidstrom on Tuesday.

Fellow forward Dan Cleary (note: not Swedish) gave the decision his seal of approval.

“It’s a great choice,” Cleary said. “The biggest thing for me is that he’s so unselfish. He’s such a personable guy. He’s a star. He’s got great talent on the ice, but he’s very respectful off the ice and he’s vocal when he needs to be and he leads by example.”

Here’s a photo of Zetterberg donning the “C” via the team’s Twitter page.


The Red Wings’ Web site points out that he’s the 36th captain in team history, but most interestingly, just the third in the last 26 years (Lidstrom and Steve Yzerman being the others). Coach Mike Babcock points to a possible key to his longevity: not making Mike Babcock angry.

“He and I have a relationship where he doesn’t mind getting mad at me and I don’t mind getting mad at him,” Babcock said. “I don’t have any problem with that. He doesn’t mind standing up for the guys and telling you want he thinks. And I think that’s so important for us.”

Indeed, Zetterberg & Co. would do well to avoid this face (via the AP):

source: AP

  1. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jan 15, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    I’m sure he’ll make an excellent bridge between coach Babcock and the team. So important to have a good captain if you want to make a run for the SC.

  2. bigbadbruins77 - Jan 15, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Congrats to a fellow Swede, even though you sucked pond water on my fantasy team last year! Wings should have a nasty first line.

  3. 67nova - Jan 15, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Don’t they usually put the C or A on the other shoulder?

  4. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jan 15, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Usually on the other shoulder. Yzerman sported the C on the left shoulder but Lidstrom wore it on the right shoulder.

  5. 0ffsides - Jan 15, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    The “C” switched sides when the league revamped the sweaters from a new manufacturer.

  6. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jan 15, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    They place the C on the right shoulder because the logo goes up to high on the left shoulder. Thank you Rebooks.

  7. polegojim - Jan 15, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Congrats to Hank… now let’s do some serious damage on the ice and the W column!


  8. nygdriveforfive - Jan 15, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    The team that wins the the cup this year WILL have a Swede as there captain…..Alfie!!

  9. martysbetter - Jan 15, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Dudes got great hair, well deserved.

  10. Jeff - Jan 15, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Back in the day before the C and the A were on the left, they were on the right.

  11. vanindeed - Jan 15, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    No Lidstrom means big slide this year. These ain’t gonna be your usual Red Wings

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