Feb 12, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Sweden forward Henrik Zetterberg (40) blocks a shot headed towards the net of goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) in a men's ice hockey preliminary round game against Czech Republic during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Bolshoy Ice Dome. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Henrik Zetterberg's Olympics Are Over Due To Herniated Disc

Henrik Zetterberg will not playing today with team Sweden after having severe problems with a herniated disc in his back and has officially withdrawn from the Olympics.

Swedish news site Expressen reported:

It is definitely clear that Henrik Zetterberg finished playing in the Olympics and will leave the Olympic village when there is opportunity.

But unfortunately for the Detroit Red Wings and their fans it does not end there.

At the same time national team doctor Bjorn Waldebäck informed Pär Mårts and Tommy Boustedt in Tre Kronor-line to Henrik Zetterberg’s problems with the herniated disc is so serious that he has finished playing in the Olympics. The entire NHL season may be in jeopardy.

Losing Zetterberg is a big blow to Sweden and their chances of medaling, but an even bigger blow to the Detroit Red Wings if he is out for the rest of the NHL season. He will be flying back to Detroit to run tests, rest, and rehab the back injury.

With all the worrying heading into the Olympics about Pavel Datsyuk‘s lower-body injury, no one expected it to be Zetterberg leaving Sochi injured.

Zetterberg had received plenty of “maintenance days” with the Detroit Red Wings, but he managed the pain and continued to play well.  The days off seemed to be working for Zetterberg, but against the Czech team he was cross-checked in the back and driven into the ice.

He gingerly labored to rise back up onto his skates after the hit and could be the reason his back could have caused his back injury to flare up to a point that it knocked him out of the Olympics.

Niklas Kronwall was named the new captain for Team Sweden, while Daniel Alfredsson was tapped to take over Kronwall’s vacated alternate captain spot.

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