Former Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg is a hall of famer. The International Ice Hockey Federation will be enshrining him into the IIHF Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2023.
A Stanley Cup winner with the Red Wings in 2007-08, Zetterberg was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy that spring as MVP of the NHL playoffs. The Stanley Cup victory was also enabling Zetterberg to become the 21st member of the IIHF’s Triple Gold Club.
Well deserved, Z! 👏
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) December 14, 2022
In IIHF play, he appeared in four Olympic games, six World Championships, the 2004 World Cup, and the 2000 World Juniors. Zetterberg actually played in the Olympics (2002) prior to his Red Wings debut in 2002-03.
He was part of that historic double in 2006, when Tre Kronor won gold at both the Turin Olympics and the World Championships in Riga. Over 81 games for Sweden in U18, World Junior, Olympic, World Cup and World Championship competition, Zetterberg was good for 22 goals and 41 assists. His 12 assists led all scorers during the 2012 world tournament.
Zetterberg Scored Detroit’s Most Recent Cup-Winning Goal
In his rookie season with the Red Wings, Zetterberg would pot 22 goals. He was runner-up for the Calder Trophy. He was instrumental in Detroit’s successful run to the Stanley Cup in 2008 when the Wings beat Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins in a six-game series. Zetterberg scored the Cup-winning goal early in the third period of Game 6. He was player the seventh European player to net a Cup-winning goal.
After fellow Swede Nicklas Lidstrom’s retirement, Detroit was naming Zetterberg captain starting in 2012-13. He wore the “C” for the final six years of his career, retiring in 2018 because of a back injury.
The IIHF Hall of Fame’s 2023 induction ceremonies will be taking be place prior to the medal games of the 2023 IIHF World Championship on Sunday, May 28 in Tampere, Finland.