Custance: Zetterberg's impact and absence touches NHL's biggest names

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Custance: Zetterberg's impact and absence touches NHL's biggest names
Custance: Zetterberg's impact and absence touches NHL's biggest names

These are the moments it becomes all too real. When the entire Detroit Red Wings team gets ready to hit the ice for the start of training camp and the captain isn't with them. Instead, it's confirmation of the bad news everyone knew was coming. On Friday morning, Red Wings GM Ken Holland shared the inevitable. Zetterberg has met with doctors and the conclusion is that he can't play hockey anymore because of his degenerative back injury. This is it for the Red Wings captain. Major news like this doesn't just impact one team. This is one of the NHL's stars. He wasn't Pavel Datsyuk flashy. He wasn't Nicklas Lidstrom worshipped. But when the best players around the league competed against Henrik

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