Henrik Zetterberg to donate over 3,000 smoke detectors, $22.8K to local police and fire departments
By George Malik, KuklasKorner.com, October 7th, 2013
Henrik Zetterberg teamed up with a coalition of police and fire departments from across Southeastern Michigan to collect smoke detectors at the Wings' final pair of preseason home games.
The Wings' PR department reports that Zetterberg will hand out his donations on Thursday, and the Wings state that over 3,000 smoke detectors and $22,800 were raised during the charitable initiative--with half of that $22.8K donation coming out of Zetterberg's pocket:
ZETTERBERG TO DISTRIBUTE SMOKE DETECTORS TO LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENTS AFTER PRACTICE ON WEDNESDAY
… Fire Department Representatives and Comerica Cares Volunteers to Watch Practice …
Detroit, MI… Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg will distribute more than 3,200 smoke detectors to local fire department representatives following the team’s 11 a.m. practice on Wednesday, Oct. 9. The fire departments will then, in turn, donate and install the smoke alarms to low-income residents throughout Metro Detroit who could otherwise not afford one.
During the team’s 12th annual Smoke Detector Collection presented by Comerica, fans donated smoke detectors and made monetary contributions at two in-game collections on Sept. 25 and Sept. 27. In his eighth season as the team spokesman for this initiative, Zetterberg personally matched the fans’ donations with an $11,400 donation to purchase additional smoke alarms. Kidde, a manufacturer of fire safety products, also donated 100 battery-operated smoke detectors for the distribution.
The annual Smoke Detector Collection began in 2001 in memory of former Red Wings player Brendan Shanahan’s father, who was a firefighter. Since the program’s inception, the Red Wings have now distributed more than 26,000 smoke detectors to local fire departments and agencies.
Henrik Zetterberg partners with…Mylec hockey?
By George Malik, Kuklaskorner.com, October 4th, 2013
I grew up playing street hockey, not ice hockey, as the massive expansion of rinks in Metro Detroit occurred during my hockey-playing days, and I started out using Mylec gear. As such, this press release from Mylec Hockey (via RedWingsFeed) is pretty spiffy...
Winchendon, MA, October 04, 2013 --(PR.com)-- Mylec President Ricky Laperriere announced today that 2008 Stanley Cup Champion and Conn Smythe Trophy winner Henrik Zetterberg will endorse and promote Mylec Hockey's Street and Ball Hockey products in a multi-year agreement. All royalties will be donated to the Zetterberg Foundation.
Mylec has been an industry leader in the street and ball hockey products to the sporting goods industry for over 40 years. Mylec products are proudly made in the USA in Winchendon, MA, at a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility opened in October 2011. "The Zetterberg endorsement brings a lot of excitement to our future marketing efforts in taking our brand to the next level," according to Laperriere.
Zetterberg, who recently was awarded the 2013 NHL Foundation Award for his numerous community initiatives outside of his on ice performance views "the Mylec partnership as an extended involvement for him to influence and assist young players of every age to participate in Street and Ball Hockey. The most important goal for every player is to enjoy the hockey playing experience and have fun playing the game-I share that vision with Mylec."
Zetterberg Shoots Until He Scores
By Chris Turner, Zetterbergfan.com, October 4th, 2013
You had a feeling watching Henrik Zetterberg, in tonights 3-2 overtime win against the Carolina Hurricanes, that he was going to keep shooting the puck until he scored a goal. Once again, the Detroit Red Wings Captain stepped up and and delivered big, tying his career-high 10 shots on goal, and netting his first goal of the season, to tie the game at two-a-piece with just 17 seconds remaining in regulation.
The tying goal came from a goalmouth scramble. With (Red Wings) goaltender Jimmy Howard pulled for the extra attacker, the Red Wings peppered Cam Ward with shots, first from Daniel Alfredsson, then Zetterberg.
"We just tried to get as many pucks as possible at the goalie," Zetterberg said. "I think I had at least two or three whacks at it before it went through. It was a nice feeling to see it go in."
The difference between Zetterberg's first couple of attempts and the one that found the net was just a split-second of extra care.
"I just wanted to take a little extra time to make sure that I got a good shot away," he said. "The first two, I didn't do that. I tried to aim for a corner, and it just went through."
Zetterberg’s huge goal, was also special because it was assisted by his new teammate, and one of the greatest Swedish players is NHL history, Daniel Alfredsson. Alfredsson had already taken a shot on goal in the sequence and ended up with the puck behind the net. He found Zetterberg alone in the slot between the faceoff circles with a clean centering pass. Zetterberg lifted a backhander that was blocked by a Hurricanes defender in front of the crease. But, Z regained his own rebound, spun around a zipped a wrister that somehow found its way between two attempted shot blocks and top-shelf into the net, over the scrambling netminder.
Zetterberg also had an assist on Justin Abdelkader’s tally just 42 seconds into the third period.
By Brendan Savage, Mlive.com, September 29th, 2013
Two of the top dozen players on TSN.ca's list of the Top 50 Players in the NHL are Detroit Red Wings.
Forwards Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg are ranked fifth and 12th, respectively, on the list that was selected by 14 NHL coaches and general managers representing seven Eastern Conference teams and seven Western Conference teams.
The Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins and Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks are the only teams with two players among the top 12 on the list.
Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin rank 1-2 while Chicago's Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are third and ninth, respectively.
Crosby was also ranked No. 1 last year.
Other than Crosby, Malkin and Toews, the only other player ranked ahead of Datsyuk is Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos.
Datsyuk, 35, is entering his 12th NHL season – all with the Red Wings. He a three-time winner of the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the NHL's top defensive forward and has been nominated for the award a record six times.
Datsyuk is also a four-time winner of the Lady Byng Trophy, which is awarded for gentlemanly conduct.
Last season, Datysuk had 15 goals, 34 assists and a plus-21 rating in 47 games. He played on the Red Wings Stanley Cup championship teams in 2002 and 2008.
Zetterberg, who last season succeeded Nicklas Lidstrom as the Red Wings captain, is entering his 11th NHL season – all with the Red Wings.
A member of the All-Rookie team in 2002-03 and a second-team All-Star in 2007-08, Zetterberg won the 2008 Conn Smythe Trophy as the NHL playoff MVP after helping the Red Wings win the Stanley Cup.
Zetterberg, 32, had 11 goals and 37 assists in 46 games last season before leading the Red Wings in playoff scoring with four goals and eight assists in 14 games.
By Brendan Savage, Mlive.com, September 24th, 2013
The Detroit Red Wings will be holding their 12th annual Smoke Detector Collection during the next two home preseason games, Wednesday vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins and Friday against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Joe Louis Arena.
Captain Henrik Zetterberg is serving as the spokesman of the event for the seventh straight year.
Fans are asked to donate smoke detectors, which will be given to low-income and elderly households throughout Michigan. Last year, smoke detectors were given to more than 3,600 households, primarily in Flint, Saginaw and Bay City.
Monetary donations will also be accepted. Zetterberg will match all smoke detector and monetary donations up to $15,000.
By Daniel Williams, Bleacherreport.com, September 19th, 2013
As the “Euro-Twins” prepare for another stretch of Red Wings hockey, it begs the question: How much do they have left in the tank?
Given how hard Pav works on his conditioning, day in and day out and Pav's will and determination, I'm comfortable his game will continue to hold where it's at for the term of the contract. He's a world class player. He's in a small conversation of players that you would discuss being one of the best two-way players in the world.
Datsyuk is now 35 years old, but his work ethic is why his age does not show on the ice.
Zetterberg’s contract has him locked up through the end of the 2020-21 season, which is likely through the end of his career. As the 36th captain in Detroit Red Wings history—and just the third since 1986—Zetterberg is the backbone of the Detroit lineup. He’ll turn 33 on Oct. 9, but he feels his age is not a concern.
When asked by St. James which one of the two has aged better, Hank simply replied, “It’s gotta be me.”
Datsyuk’s first season with the Red Wings was their eventful Stanley Cup championship run in 2002. He played in 70 regular-season games, scoring 11 goals and 35 points. He also contributed three goals and six points in 21 playoff games.
It was the next season that Henrik Zetterberg joined the NHL ranks and clicked when placed on a line with Datsyuk and Brett Hull. The three would adopt the name of the “two kids and a goat” line, a tag established by Hull the year before with Boyd Devereaux in place of Zetterberg. Hull told SI.com in 2003:
I look at Hank [Zetterberg], and I see a first-year guy that has the skill, the composure, the savvy of the game. Pavel—the skill he possesses is mind-boggling. He's only scratched the surface.
Zetterberg scored 22 goals and 44 points in 79 games as a rookie and finished as the runner-up to St. Louis Blues defenseman Barret Jackman for the 2003 Calder Trophy. He has produced no less than 43 points in a season—including last year’s lockout-shortened campaign.
Looking ahead into the 2013 season, head coach Mike Babcock has made it clear he intends to put them together—at least for now. Art Regner of FoxSportsDetroit.com quoted Zetterberg:
We'll see how long it lasts this year, but we're real excited that we'll get a chance from the start again. I think also it's a little bit up to us, too. We have to play good. If we don't do that, we're probably going to be split up.
Regner quoted Datsyuk as well, but the Russian superstar appeared more skeptical than his counterpart.
"It’s going to be fun, but every year he (Babcock) say we play together. In the beginning, we play together a little, and they break us."
The two have been paired together on and off over the course of their careers, but recently they have been forced to center their own lines in order to provide depth. When they skate together, they create magic that has established them both as world-class players.
Zetterberg has established himself as one of the most complete players in the game. He was the recipient of the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2008 after registering 13 goals and 27 points in 22 playoff games en route to Detroit’s 11th Stanley Cup title in team history.
During last year’s 48-game season, Zetterberg and Datsyuk registered 48 and 49 points, respectively, with each only missing one game. They averaged more than a point per game and led a team that struggled to establish an identity for much of the season to coming just one goal away from the Western Conference Final as the seventh seed.
The two are the dynamic catalyst for Detroit’s success. In the course of a decade, they have evolved from the future of the franchise to the foundation of a Cup contender. They have become indispensable in Hockeytown and a showcase for the rest of the league.
After more than a decade together, the Euro-Twins can still bring out the youth in each other. Perhaps we shouldn’t worry how much is left in the tank; however, the rest of the league should worry how full it remains.
By J.J. from Kansas, wingingitinmotown.com, September 16th, 2013
Since the 2002-03 season, these two have played together with fantastic chemistry, growing into the leadership roles that made Henrik Zetterberg the captain of the Red Wings at the start of last season and Pavel Datsyuk the worthy alternate. Veteran leadership exemplifying hard work over skill sets the tone in the Red Wings' locker room. It's hard to be a passenger when the hardest-working players on the ice are also the two men with a large lead in points for the Red Wings over the last decade.
Seriously, the next closest active Red Wing has 400 fewer points in the last ten years than Zetterberg, who trails Datsyuk by 60.
Zetterberg enters the season in year five of a twelve-year deal. The Red Wings' captain put up 48 points in 46 through the regular season, but got hot at just the right time; as the Wings pushed to make the playoffs, Z put up 10 points in the last week of the season to make sure Detroit's playoff streak stayed alive. Once the playoffs started, Hank seemed to find the kind of gear which won him the 2008 Conn Smythe. He led the Wings in points in the playoffs and consistently infuriated his opponents' top offensive players.
Strengths: It's hard to call somebody this good "overshadowed" or "underrated", but Zetterberg probably is. One of the smartest players in the league, Z draws tough assignments and gets the better of his opponents. He's got a wicked release to go along with a willingness to shoot from any angle and the kind of vision to hit a 40-foot blind backhand pass with ease. I bet he smells nice too. Doesn't he just look like he smells nice?
Weaknesses: A few injuries here and there have hit in the last few years and he continues to race against the aging process which slows every hockey player sooner or later. For a guy who likes to play center, he's not very good at faceoffs (especially the part where you're not supposed to get thrown out of the circle). For a shooter, Zetterberg's recent goal-scoring paces on the power play simply haven't been good enough.
Expectations: Hopefully, the Wings' top six is set well enough that the two best offensive threats can stay together all season and Hank can go back to being the high-scoring winger he was last allowed to be in the 2007-08 season. He should compete for the scoring lead on the Wings yet again and should be in the top 30 for forwards leaguewide in total points. I also expect he'll get a decent level of consideration for the Selke.
By Helene St. James, Freep.com, September 13th, 2013
As coach Mike Babcock said with just a hint of a grin: Alfredsson and fellow newcomer and linemate Stephen Weiss “got lit up” playing against Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk, who together with winger Justin Abdelkader provided all the goals in Team Delvecchio’s 4-0 rout of Team Howe on opening day of camp at Centre Ice Arena on Thursday.
“I think their team is probably a little better than that,” Babcock said, “but it never hurts anybody.”
Zetterberg and Datsyuk, of course, also have the advantage of having been Wings for a decade, while Alfredsson and Weiss are both fresh additions. Their linemate, Johan Franzen, tried to help out.
“He’s been around with Babs a lot of years here,” Alfredsson said. “He knows what to expect, so he made sure I didn’t mess up too much. He said he would in trouble if I did.”
Babcock isn’t going to judge the trio until they have been through several exhibition games, which start next week.
“It’s fun to have him here in camp,” Zetterberg said. “It’s fun to show him around, have some time to play some golf, even though he’s much better than me.”
For all the Swedes the Wings employ, Zetterberg said Alfredsson “was probably the last Swede I expected to play with over here. When he got here, I was really happy, excited to see what we can do together.”