Henrik Zetterberg is a natural leader, so it only makes sense for him to lead his home country in the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.
Team Sweden announced Wednesday that 'Z' will keep the 'C' on his chest and captain the squad when the World Cup officially begins Sept. 17.
"It's a very special thing to be the captain for this team," Zetterberg said. "I'm honored. It's something I'll always remember."
Team Sweden advisor Nicklas Lidstrom, who played with Zetterberg in Detroit, called him "the obvious choice."
"There really is no other candidate than Zetterberg," Team Sweden and Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Kronwall said. "I know him from Detroit, and there's no better. He's the obvious choice."
Zetterberg, 35, is the only player with World Cup experience, having played on Team Sweden in 2004. Goalie Henrik Lundqvist (New York Rangers), and forwards Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin (Vancouver Canucks) were also on the 2004 roster for Sweden but never played in the tournament.