Sears discusses Dylan Larkin’s captaincy with Henrik Zetterberg, Nicklas Lidstrom

Great stuff from’s Ethan Sears this morning:

When Henrik Zetterberg left Detroit, moving home to Sweden after a storied playing career, he made a delivery to Dylan Larkin.

A friend had given Zetterberg a treatment bench to use at home, with the number 40 stitched into it and the captain’s C above it. When Zetterberg retired in 2018, Larkin was still two years away from being officially named the Detroit Red Wings’ captain. Zetterberg decided that didn’t matter.

“To be honest,” Zetterberg told, “even though he didn’t have the C on his jersey, he’s been the captain for a few years.”

So Zetterberg made an addition to the table. He put the number 71 on it, with the C next to it. When he dropped it at Larkin’s house, he told him that only captains could have the table.

“Well, I’m not the captain,” Zetterberg recalled Larkin saying.

“Well, you’re gonna be the next captain,” Zetterberg replied.


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