Detroit Red Wings center Henrik Zetterberg will miss the remainder of the Olympics, withdrawing from the games due to a herniated disk in his back.
Zetterberg, Detroit’s captain as well as Sweden’s, missed a team practice and photo on Thursday after playing and scoring the game-winning goal in Sweden’s 4-2 win over the Czech Republic on Wednesday. Later in the day it was announced that he would sit out the Swedes’ Friday matchup with Switzerland.
Hours before Sweden’s 1-0 win over the Swiss, the team announced that Zetterberg would return to Detroit and that Niklas Kronwall would take over as team captain. Team doctor Björn Waldebäck added that Zetterberg could miss the remainder of the NHL season.
Detroit general manager Ken Holland said that Zetterberg is on medication to get the swelling in his back down, which would enable him to travel. When he’s well enough, he’ll return to Detroit to be evaluated.