The Swedish Ice Hockey Federation announced that Niklas Kronwall and Henrik Zetterberg will be aiding Sweden’s 2022 Olympic ice hockey team earlier today, and Kronwall spoke with NHL.se’s Janne Bengtsson regarding his status during a press event in Stockholm. What follows is roughly translated from Swedish (and this is the more “meaty” part of Bengtsson’s article):
Henrik Zetterberg retired from hockey after the 2017-2018 season, having been captain of the Red Wings for four years. Today he lives with his family in Skane (southern Sweden), where he runs a small restaurant business in Molle harbor. He’s not active in hockey.
However, there’s also Niklas Kronwall. After his career, which ended due to a back injury after the 2018-19 season, Kronwall has become very involved in hockey in Detroit. Immediately after retiring, he stepped into the club’s front office as an advisor to Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman, an old teammate.
“Detroit is home to us,” Kronwall said at the time. “When one chapter ends, another begins. It feels very exciting to have a new role in the Red Wings’ organization.”
It’s a job that’s now taken the Jarfalla-born Kronwall and his family back to Stockholm. He currently lives in the inner city and it waiting for a house to be completed outside the city itself.
Kronwall is responsible for developing the Red Wings’ European prospects, with an emphasis on the Swedes in the team’s organization. Here are, among others, Theodor Niederbach, 19, from Frolunda, Albert Johansson, 20, from Farjestad, and 21-year-old Jonatan Berggren from Skelleftea, all drafted by Detroit.
“They’re incredibly good young Swedish players in the organization now,” says Niklas Kronwall. “But I will also keep track of the young players in Europe, and so Stockholm is a perfect base. Something’s starting to happen in the team now; it’s really fun to watch.”