Zetterberg named Sweden captain for World Cup

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Sweden's Henrik Zetterberg looks on during the IIHF World Championships at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm in 2012. Zetterberg was named captain of Team Sweden for the World Cup of Hockey on Thursday.

Red Wings veteran Henrik Zetterberg was named captain of Team Sweden for the World Cup of Hockey 2016 on Thursday.

Zetterberg, 36, will be making his 13th international appearance for Sweden and his second as captain. He was named captain of Sweden at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, but left the team after one game because of a back injury.

"It's a very special thing to be the captain for this team," Zetterberg said at a Team Sweden event in Stockholm. "I'm honored. It's something I'll always remember."

Zetterberg is the only player with World Cup experience, having played on Team Sweden in 2004. Goalie Henrik Lundqvist (New York Rangers), and forwards Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin (Vancouver Canucks) were also on the 2004 roster for Sweden but never played in the tournament.

He took over as captain of the Red Wings in 2012 after defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, who is an advisor for Team Sweden, retired. Zetterberg has 836 points in 918 NHL games over 13 seasons with Detroit.

"There really is no other candidate than Zetterberg," Team Sweden and Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Kronwall said. "I know him from Detroit, and there's no better. He's the obvious choice."

The World Cup runs from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.