Henrik Zetterberg’s Community Impact
For now—the Red Wings are all going their separate ways. But when the lockout ends and hockey finally returns—Henrik Zetterberg is the likely choice to become the team’s next captain—succeeding fellow Swede Nick Lidstrom.
He’s one link to the team’s most recent Stanley Cup championship—and will remain a key cog if the Red Wings are able to once again reach the top in the NHL. “Once you’ve been there once it’s a pretty cool place to try to reach back to,” Zetterberg said.
Zetterberg’s long term contract, signed in 2009, gives him security—and he’s taking a more active role in the community.
Since 2006, Zetterberg has been the team spokesperson for the Red Wings’ Smoke Detector Collection program.
“When the fire starts and you don’t have it, things can go bad really quick so we try to help as many homes as we can,” Zetterberg said.
Hank and his wife, Emma, are starting the Zetterberg Foundation to focus their charitable efforts. They purchased a suite last season at Joe Louis Arena—and for every home game—these seats are filled.
“Last year we started with three different hospitals, so I think we had about 430 guests, I think last year and it’s not just the kids, it’s their whole family so the whole family can do something together and hopefully forget about the everyday stuff and come here and enjoy and have a good time and hopefully see us win,” he said.
When she’s here—Emma visits the suite to meet and spend time with the kids. A memory book is a permanent fixture in the suite so families share their experiences.
“Unfortunately I cannot be up here and meet and greet with them but my wife is a lot, and after every time she’s been up here and comes down after the games, it’s just, you see the joy that the kids and families give her and she gives it to me—so it’s pretty cool,” Zetterberg said.
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