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Henrik Zetterberg Retires From Hockey

He finishes sixth in Red Wings history in points.

September 14, 2018 - 10:32 am

After 15 seasons in the NHL, Henrik Zetterberg is done. 

Ken Holland told reporters at Red Wings training camp in Traverse City on Friday that Zetterberg has decided to retire. The back condition that hampered him the last few seasons has made it impossible for the 37-year-old to keep playing. 

Zetterberg finishes his career ranking sixth in franchise history in games played (1,082), and fifth in goals (337), assists (623) and points (960). 

He has three years remaining on his contract with a cap hit of about $6.1 million per year. The Red Wings are expected to replace him on long-term IR for cap relief. 

Zetterberg played in all 82 games each of the last three seasons, despite dealing with constant pain in his surgically-repaired back. He was unable to practice the second half of last season. 

He had hoped the offseason would allow him to recover, but that wasn't the case. 

It's unclear, at this point, who will assume the Red Wings' captaincy. Niklas Kronwall, Justin Abdelkader and Dylan Larkin are the likely candidates.