Niklas Kronwall retires from the Red Wings

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Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall warms up before an NHL hockey game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall warms up before an NHL hockey game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

DETROIT, Mich. (WOOD) — After nearly two decades with the Red Wings organization, longtime defenseman Niklas Kronwall is hanging up his skates.

The 38-year-old Swedish rearguard and the team took to Twitter Tuesday morning to deliver the heartfelt announcement.

Kronwall, a first-round selection in 2000, played 953 regular-season games in the NHL, and over 100 playoff games – every single one of them, as a Red Wing. Kronwall spent some of his early career with the Griffins in Grand Rapids. 

Kronwall helped propel the Red Wings to a Stanley Cup title in 2008. 

That championship etched his names in the record books as a member of the “Triple Gold Club,” an achievement that only 29 players have achieved. 

The unofficial award goes to players and coaches who have won an Olympic gold medal, a World Championship gold medal and the Stanley Cup.

As part of the announcement, the Red Wings say Kronwall will join the front office as an advisor to Steve Yzerman.

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