What seemed like a near-unanimous choice also means that the 32-year-old, a Stanley Cup champion and Conn Smythe Trophy recipient, has entered an exclusive group of Red Wings.
Now that the post-Nicklas Lidstrom era has sunk in for the fans, Hank has become the face of the Red Wings.
Steve Yzerman and Lidstrom were exemplary leaders. There is no doubt Z can be one as well.
But to continue the illustrious tradition of captains in Detroit, there are five things that Zetterberg must master before he calls it a career.