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Red Wings sign F Zetterberg to 12-year contract

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DETROIT (AP) -The Detroit Red Wings signed Henrik Zetterberg to the longest contract in team history, a 12-year deal that will keep the star forward in Hockeytown until 2021.

Additional terms were not disclosed, but Booth Newspapers reported the deal was worth slightly more than $72 million.

"Henrik is one of the world's premier players at both ends of the ice," general manager Ken Holland said Wednesday. "This is a tremendous commitment on the part of the organization as well as by Henrik."

"We are thrilled that a player we drafted and developed will play out his career in Detroit with this lifetime contract," he said.

Zetterberg, a 28-year-old native of Sweden, is in his sixth NHL season, all with Detroit. He has 43 points in 45 games this season.

Zetterberg, a seventh-round selection in the 1999 draft, won a gold medal at the 2006 Olympics playing for the Swedish national team and scored the clinching goal in Game 6 of last year's Stanley Cup finals, leading the Red Wings over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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