Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall announced on Tuesday he is retiring and will be joining General Manager Steve Yzerman’s staff. He will be an advisor to the general manager.
Kronwall, who was an assistant captain for the Red Wings, was drafted by the Red Wings in 2000 and has played every season for the team since 2003.
In his 15 years with Detroit, he appeared in 953 games, scoring 83 goals with 349 assists.
“I was a 22-year-old kid when I came over from Sweden. Now at 38, I have my own family here. Detroit has become home for us,” Kronwall said in a retirement video from the team. “This franchise, this city, the people of Michigan, has shaped me who I am today.
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