History is set to be made today.
In an announcement that will come during a 4:45PM ET press conference from Compuware Sports Arena in Plymouth, Henrik Zetterberg will be named the 36th captain in Red Wings history.
“He and I have a relationship where he doesn’t mind getting mad at me and I don’t mind getting mad at him,” coach Mike Babcock said of Zetterberg. “I don’t have any problem with that.
“He doesn’t mind telling me what defense the team needs to do, which I think is very important. He doesn’t mind standing up for the guys and telling you what he thinks. And I think that’s so important for us. The other thing is, nobody ever wants the team to not be as good on their watch, believe me.”
Zetterberg, who has spent his entire 12-year NHL career with the Wings, is thought to be more of a vocal leader than his predecessors in Nicklas Lidstrom and Steve Yzerman. However the new captain still believes you have to pick the right moment to speak up in the locker room.
“You need to speak at the right moment and know when to shut up at the right moment,” he said. “It’s not just one guy who’s got to do it, everyone has to do it together.”
The move to give Zetterberg the “C” really has been in motion since the 2005-06 season when the organization moved his locker stall next to that of Steve Yzerman. From there Zetterberg continued to take the necessary steps learning from Yzerman and eventually Lidstrom the ropes of competitiveness, leading by example and what it means to wear the winged wheel.
The whole team is expected to be on-hand for the announcement as they will later take part in the annual Red/White game with the Grand Rapids Griffins. No word yet if Nicklas Lidstrom will also be in attendance to pass the torch so-to-speak.