Sweden's Zetterberg out for rest of Olympics

The Sports NetworkFebruary 14, 2014 

Sochi, Russia (SportsNetwork.com) - Henrik Zetterberg, the captain of Sweden's men's hockey team, will miss the remainder of the Sochi Olympics due to a herniated disk in his back.

Zetterberg scored in Sweden's 4-2 win over the Czech Republic on Wednesday, but missed Thursday's practice and didn't join his team for Friday's pre-game skate prior to Sweden's matchup against Switzerland.

Team doctor Bjorn Waldeback addressed the media and said Zetterberg has a herniated disk, leaving him unavailable for the remainder of the Olympics.

Zetterberg, the captain of the NHL's Detroit Red Wings, missed 11 games in December due to a balky back.

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told the Detroit Free Press Friday that Zetterberg, "is in a great deal of discomfort, so in fairness to Sweden, the Detroit Red Wings organization and himself, he is pulling out of the Olympics.

"He has to see a doctor, but he will not be ready by the time we come out of the Olympic break," Holland continued. "Beyond that, I have no real time frame."

Sweden will not be able to nominate another player to take Zetterberg's spot on the roster because replacements were only possible before the beginning of the tournament.

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