Red Wings enforcer Kronwall retiring after 15 seasons

Ross Houston
September 5, 2019

Pound for pound, few National Hockey League players over the past 15 years delivered bigger bone-jarring hits than Niklas Kronwall did for the Detroit Red Wings.

He recorded 432 points across 953 games, notching a personal-best of 51 points in 2008-09 as the Red Wings returned to the Stanley Cup final, this time falling to the Pittsburgh Penguins in a rematch of the year prior.

Kronwall will now join General Manager Steve Yzerman in the front office as the Advisor to the General Manager. He was regularly featured as a top-four defenseman on outstanding Red Wings teams that included legendary players such as Nicklas Lidstrom, Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk. Kronwall also reflects on a career spent entirely with the Red Wings.

"They say every journey has to come to an end", Kronwall opened the video by saying.

"I had the pleasure of playing with Niklas early in his career and it was evident from his first season what a special player and person he would become", Yzerman said in a release.

"I'd like to congratulate Niklas on a wonderful career and thank him for exemplifying what it means to be a Red Wing for the past 15 years", Christopher Ilitch, Red Wings governor, president and CEO, said in a statement. The hard-hitting defenseman announced his retirement in a video Tuesday, Sept. 3, on the team's Twitter account.

He appeared in 109 playoff games and amassed 47 points and won a Stanley Cup in 2008. He helped Detroit win the Stanley Cup in 2008.

In addition to his achievements in Detroit, Kronwall won an Olympic gold medal for Sweden at the 2006 Winter Olympics at Turin, Italy, and a silver at the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia.

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