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Johan Franzen's nickname has an interesting story behind it.
Via the Associated Press:
As a rookie in 2005, Johan Franzen whizzed past Steve Yzerman on the ice. A nickname was born. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Swede showed he’s more than just big when he scored twice and had an assist to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-3 series-opening win over the Colorado Avalanche.
"He’s big and strong and he reminded me of a mule that day,” Yzerman recalled Friday. “His offensive game really started to show up last year and now that his confidence has grown, he is holding onto the puck and making plays.”
When you look at what Franzen has done for Detroit as a player, when you factor in the dedication and reliability of his tenure in Hockeytown, "Mule" is an apt nickname and an honorable one for Johan Franzen.