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Wed, Feb 29th - 4:41AM

Henrik Zetterberg

The Red Wings alternate captain Henrik Zetterberg was born in Njurunda, Sweden and played for the Timra Red Eagles of the of the Swedish Elitserien before coming to Detroit for the 200203 season.

His first season he was runner-up for the Calder Trophy as the NHL's rookie of the year. In 2008, he was runner-up for the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the regular season. That year along with winning the Stanley Cup, Zetterberg won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player of the playoffs.

In January 2009, Zetterberg agreed to a 12-year, $73 million contract extension. It was the longest and most lucrative in the Red Wings franchise history.

Zetterberg has been a consistent part of the Swedish national team since 2001. He won a gold medal in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy and then again in the 2006 World Championship in Riga, Latvia.

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Thu, Feb 23rd - 4:41AM

James Norris Memorial Trophy

The James Norris Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the National Hockey League's top defenceman. The trophy is named in honour of James E. Norris, owner of the Detroit Red Wings from 1932 to 1952.

The trophy was first awarded at the conclusion of the 195354 NHL season and since then it has been awarded 55 times to 23 different players. At the end of each season, members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association vote to determine the player who was the best defenceman during the regular season.

Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom is the current holder and has won the award seven times. Doug Harvey of the Montreal Canadiens also won the award seven times while Bobby Orr of the Boston Bruins won it a record eight times in consecutive years from 1968 to 1975. Red Kelly in 195354 and Paul Coffey in 199495 are the other Red Wing players to have won the award.

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Fri, Feb 17th - 5:43AM

Gordie Howe

Gordie Howe's no. 9 was retired by the Red Wings March 12, 1972. He played for the Detroit Red Wings from 1946 until retiring in 1971. A four-time Stanley Cup champion with the Red Wings, Howe won six Hart Trophies as the league's most valuable player and six Art Ross Trophies as the leading scorer.

Gordie Howe returned to hockey in 1973 to play with his sons in the World Hockey Association for the Houston Aeros then New England Whalers. At age 52, he played again in the NHL when the Whalers joined the league in 1979.

Howe is generally regarded as one of the greatest hockey players of all time. He is often referred to as Mr. Hockey and during his career was also called Power, Mr. Everything, Mr. All-Star, The Most, The Great Gordie, The King of Hockey, The Legend, The Man, No. 9, and "Mr. Elbows" (for his tough physical play).

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Sat, Feb 11th - 8:48AM

Justin Abdelkader

The Red Wings selected Justin Abdelkader 42nd overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Abdelkader was born in Muskegon, Michigan. He attended Michigan State University where he scored the game-winning goal in the 2007 NCAA Championship Game against Boston College.

In 2008, Abdelkader signed a three-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings. His first season he played for the Grand Rapids Griffins and the following season he played 33 games in Grand Rapids and 50 games in Detroit.

For the 2010-2011 season the Red Wings gave him a two-year extension that pays $787,500 a year. He spent the whole season in Detroit, and no time with the affiliate Griffins.

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Sun, Feb 5th - 4:29AM

Dominik Hasek

Dominik Hasek was one of the NHL's best ever goalies. From 1993 to 2001, he won six Vezina Trophies. In 1998 he won his second consecutive Hart Memorial Trophy, becoming the first goaltender to win the award multiple times. During the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, he led the Czech national ice hockey team to its first and only Olympic gold medal.

Hasek played for the Red Wings 2001-2004. During his first season with Detroit, Hasek posted a career high 41 wins with just 15 losses, helping the Red Wings earn the President's Trophy with the league's best record. In the playoffs, he led the Wings past the Vancouver Canucks, the St. Louis Blues, the Colorado Avalanche and eventually the Carolina Hurricanes in the finals to win the Stanley Cup.

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