Zetterberg signs landmark contract with Detroit
AFP/The Local · 29 Jan 2009, 06:59
Published: 29 Jan 2009 06:59 GMT+01:00
Swedish hockey star Henrik Zetterberg has signed a 12-year, multi-million dollar contract with Detroit in a deal that will likely keep him with the Red Wings for the remainder of his ice hockey career.
Detroit did not release financial terms, but the American media reported the deal is worth $72 million, which would make it the most lucrative contract in franchise history.
"We are thrilled that a player we drafted and developed will play out his career in Detroit with this lifetime contract," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said.
The 28-year-old Zetterberg enjoyed the best season of his career in 2007-08, collecting a career-high 43 goals and 49 assists.
The native of Sweden tallied 13 goals and 27 points in 22 playoff contests during Detroit's run to its fourth Stanley Cup in 11 years. It was Zetterberg's first title.
A gold medal winner with Sweden in the 2006 Olympic Games, Zetterberg has notched 169 goals and 375 points during his six-year National Hockey League career - all spent with the Red Wings.
"Henrik is one of the world's premier players," Holland added.