Johan Franzen is a key part of the Detroit Red Wings team, although he has tended to be more of a playoff performer than regular season. But if Franzen stays healthy all season, what does that do for the Red Wings? NHLHS Correspondent Christina Roberts gives you some idea of what Franzen may bring to the table this season.
Johan Franzen is known to his Detroit Red Wings teammates and fans as The Mule. It was a name bestowed upon him by Steve Yzerman because the captain saw Franzen’s on-ice strength and how he used it so he wasn’t pushed around easily by opponents.
In the book The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Detroit Red Wings: Heart-Pounding, Jaw-Dropping, and Gut-Wrenching Moments from Detroit Red Wings History by Ted Kulfan, there’s a wonderful quote from Franzen about his nickname:
“‘It’s different,’ said Franzen of the tag, which isn’t exactly the most common nickname around. …’I like it. I was a little surprised at first, though. I wasn’t sure what a mule was.‘”