Originally posted on Puck Drunk Love  |  Last updated 1/7/13

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 22: Tomas Holmstrom #96 of the Detroit Red Wings celebrates with Henrik Zetterberg #40 after Holmstrom scored a first period power play goal against the Phoenix Coyotes during the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on October 22, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
After the retirement of Nicklas Lidstrom at the end of the 2011-2012 season, many hockey fans assumed that the next captain of the Detroit Red Wings would be one of two people: Henrik Zetterberg or Pavel Datsyuk. Both players have led their team and the NHL in class and ability for quite some time, and both were more than capable assistant captians under Lidstrom. The only question was which player would win out? Turns out it's Zetterberg. Zetterberg was drafted 210th overall by the Wings in the 1999 entry draft, making him the lowest drafted Conn Smythe winner in history, and presumably the lowest drafted NHL captain in history as well. Teammate Tomas Holmstrom will not get a chance to skate with a new captain, however. Holmstrom, whose contract expired at the end of last season, has decidied to retire. Holmstrom, 39, was drafted 257th overall in 1994, and has earned four Stanley Cups with the Wings. He's one of the most frustrating players on the ice during any given game thanks to his talent for parking himself in front of the crease and the goalie. His rear-end is one of the world's great immovable objects, and will probably only be missed by players on the Red Wings. Homer was rumored to be thinking about taking an office job with Detroit if he retired, but no official announcement has been released regarding his next career move. [follow]
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

LeBron James says he’s in same class as Michael Jordan

Report: Some Texans players have already 'checked out' on coaches

WATCH: Washington scores against USC with trick play

Andre Johnson, Colts down Texans in key division win

Claude Julien: Illegal hit on Patrice Bergeron warrants ‘further consequences’

Foster’s return to game after head injury raises questions


Lions owner Martha Ford is not happy with NFL about blown call on MNF

New details on Duke Williams dismissal

Baylor’s RG3 statue vandalized by TCU fans

FSU’s Dalvin Cook looking good to play Saturday against Miami

Rangers survive war of attrition in Game 1 vs Blue Jays

NBA Players Union to fund cardiac screenings for retired players

Name every QB to play in the NFL at the age of 40

Matt Hasselbeck was ‘on his death bed’ before Texans game

WATCH: Jets' Burmistrov lays dirty hit on Bruins' Bergeron

Report: Cowboys ban filming offense in practice with Patriots next on schedule

Maryland HC Randy Edsall responds on Twitter to firing reports

Pacquiao says he is in talks with Mayweather about rematch

Wisconsin looks to bounce back against Nebraska

Jack Del Rio: Raiders will go after Peyton Manning, want to ‘take him down’

Charles Barkley will guest star on 'The NFL Today'

Week 5 NFL power rankings

Poor Royals grounds crew member gets eaten by tarp

Vin Scully to miss the entire postseason; will return in 2016

Colin Kaepernick’s contract structure protects team from overpaying struggling QB

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Name every QB to play in the NFL at the age of 40

Week 5 NFL power rankings

Vin Scully to miss the entire postseason

Putin celebrates birthday by scoring seven goals in hockey game

"Friday Night Lights" writer calls Chip Kelly a fraud

Women in sports this week: Is this 2015 or 1965?

Three reasons each AL team can win the pennant

Garrett addresses Hardy's comments about Gisele

Five outrageous predictions for NFL Week 5

Rex makes players do push-ups in practice after penalty calls

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker