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Zetterberg officially named Red Wings captain

Jan 15, 2013, 6:03 PM EST

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.

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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

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