Johan Franzén

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Johan Franzén
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Born (1979-12-23) December 23, 1979 (age 35)
Vetlanda, Sweden
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
Position Left/right Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Detroit Red Wings
Linköpings HC (SEL)
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 97th overall, 2004
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 1999–present

Johan Franzén (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈjuːhan franˈseːn]; born December 23, 1979) is a Swedish professional ice hockey winger currently playing for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is often referred to by Red Wings fans as Mule, a nickname given by Steve Yzerman. He is a Stanley Cup champion with the Red Wings in 2008. Franzén was originally drafted by the Red Wings in the third round, 97th overall, of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

Franzén began playing ice hockey in Boro/Vetlanda HC, Landsbro near Vetlanda in Sweden. He was suspended for a full year after knocking down a referee, but was then moved to play with the Tranås AIF in the Swedish Allsvenskan in 1999. After one season with the club, he moved to Linköpings HC, where he stayed for five seasons, helping the club win the promotion for play in the Swedish top-level Elitserien in 2001. Recommended by European scout Håkan Andersson,[1] Franzén was drafted by the Red Wings in 2004 in the third round, 97th overall.

For the 2005–06 season, Franzén played in the NHL with Detroit, totaling 80 games for 16 points (12 goals and four assists) in his rookie season.[2] His workmanlike service was lauded by former teammate and captain Steve Yzerman, who gave him the nickname "The Mule" because "he carries the load."

In August 2006, Franzén re-signed with Detroit on a three-year, $2.825 million contract.[3][4] On April 21, 2007, during a Stanley Cup playoff game against the Calgary Flames, Flames goaltender Jamie McLennan slashed Franzén twice in the leg. McLennan was due to be assessed a minor penalty. However, after play was stopped, McLennan again violently slashed Franzén in the stomach, resulting in a game misconduct for McLennan.[5] In the following game, Game 6, Franzén scored the winning goal in double-overtime to advance the Red Wings past the Flames.

On March 30, 2008, Franzén scored his sixth game-winning goal for the month of March, against the Nashville Predators. This goal broke the Red Wings team record for most game-winning goals in one month (5) set by Gordie Howe in February 1952, and duplicated in January 1956. (Howe's feat was matched by Franzén's teammate Henrik Zetterberg in January 2007.) Coincidentally, Franzén broke Howe's record while Howe was attending the game and celebrating his 80th birthday.[6]

Franzén scored his first career NHL hat-trick against the Colorado Avalanche in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2008 playoffs. It was the Reds Wings' first playoff hat-trick since Darren McCarty scored three goals six years prior on May 18, 2002, also against the Avalanche, in 2002. During Game 4, on May 1, 2008, Franzén had another hat-trick, scoring his ninth goal of the series, breaking the Detroit Red Wings franchise record for most goals in a playoff series: Gordie Howe had scored eight goals in a seven-game series in 1949.[7]

Franzén currently holds the franchise record (tied with Henrik Zetterberg) for most goals in a playoff year with 13, a record previously held at ten by Petr Klíma, Sergei Fedorov and Brett Hull.[8] Zetterberg tied his mark of 13 goals after scoring the Cup winning goal in Game 6 of the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals.

Franzén sets up in front of Marc-André Fleury in Game 5 of the 2009 Finals.

On May 24, 2009, in a Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals against the Chicago Blackhawks, Franzén was involved in a minor scrum behind the net after the whistle. Franzén was exchanging words with Patrick Kane when Kane began chewing on his mouth guard. Franzén reached down and ripped the mouth guard out of Kane's mouth and threw it down to the ice.[9][10]

On April 11, 2009, Franzén signed a contract extension with the Red Wings for 11 years. The contract runs through the 2019–20 season, worth a total of $43.5 million. The contract has an annual cap hit of $3,954,545, although it is front loaded. The contract by year pays as follows: 2009–10, $5.5 million; 2010–11, $5 million; 2011–13, $5.25 million; 2013–16, $5 million; 2016–17, $3.5 million; 2017–18, $2 million; and finally from 2018–20, $1 million.[11][12]

On October 8, 2009, Franzén suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), forcing him to miss 55 games before he was able to return to Detroit's lineup in a game against the St. Louis Blues, where he recorded an assist. Following Detroit's next game, he recorded his first goal since returning from injury.

On May 6, 2010, Franzén scored three goals in a span of 3:26 (two seconds shy of the NHL record for fastest playoff hat-trick[13]) in the first period of Detroit's Western Conference Semifinal game against the San Jose Sharks. He had been initially credited with another goal, scored moments before the first of his three that he did score, which would have given him the record for fastest hat-trick when he scored what was actually his second of the game. He did, however, score a fourth goal later on in the game.

On February 2, 2011, Franzén became only the second player in 14 years, joining Marián Gáborík, to score five goals in one game. He tallied two even strength goals, two power play goals and added an empty net goal in a 7–5 victory over the Ottawa Senators.[14] He joins Sergei Fedorov and Syd Howe as the only Red Wings to do so.

On March 3, 2014, Franzén was named NHL's First Star of the Week. He recorded three goals and two assists in two games to help lead the Red Wings to consecutive road victories.[15]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Ice hockey
Competitor for  Sweden
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2006 Latvia

Franzén replaced Tomas Holmström at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.[16]

Franzén was replaced by teammate Gustav Nyquist at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi due to a concussion.[17]

Awards[edit]

  • Gold medal at the 2006 World Championships.
  • In 2006, Franzén was named "Detroit Red Wings Rookie of the Year" by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters' Association for his play during the 2005–06 season.
  • Stanley Cup with Detroit Red Wings in 2008.

Records[edit]

  • NHL record for most goals in a 4-game playoff series (9).
  • Detroit Red Wings record for most game-winning goals in one month, March 2008 (6).
  • Detroit Red Wings record for most goals in a single playoff series (9).
  • Detroit Red Wings record for consecutive playoff games with a point (12, tied with Gordie Howe)
  • Detroit Red Wings record for consecutive playoff games with a goal (5, tied with Gordie Howe and Ted Lindsay).
  • Detroit Red Wings record for most goals in a single playoff year (13, tied with Henrik Zetterberg).
  • Detroit Red Wings record for most game-winning goals in one playoff year (5, 2008)
  • Detroit Red Wings record for most points in a playoff game (6), May 6, 2010, vs. San Jose Sharks

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1999–00 Tranås AIF Swe-4 14 2 9 11 6
2000–01 Linköpings HC Swe-2 41 12 20 32 26 10 3 3 6 0
2001–02 Linköpings HC SEL 36 2 6 8 64
2002–03 Linköpings HC SEL 37 2 4 6 14
2002–03 Linköpings HC Swe-2 10 1 4 5 4
2003–04 Linköpings HC SEL 49 12 18 30 26 5 0 1 1 8
2004–05 Linköpings HC SEL 43 7 7 14 45 6 2 0 2 16
2005–06 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 12 4 16 36 6 1 2 3 4
2006–07 Detroit Red Wings NHL 69 10 20 30 37 18 3 4 7 10
2007–08 Detroit Red Wings NHL 72 27 11 38 51 16 13 5 18 14
2008–09 Detroit Red Wings NHL 71 34 25 59 44 23 12 11 23 12
2009–10 Detroit Red Wings NHL 27 10 11 21 22 12 6 12 18 16
2010–11 Detroit Red Wings NHL 76 28 27 55 58 8 2 1 3 6
2011–12 Detroit Red Wings NHL 77 29 27 56 40 5 1 0 1 8
2012–13 Detroit Red Wings NHL 41 14 17 31 41 14 4 2 6 8
2013–14 Detroit Red Wings NHL 54 16 25 41 40 5 0 1 1 2
2014–15 Detroit Red Wings NHL 33 7 15 22 30
NHL totals 600 187 182 369 399 107 42 38 80 80
SHL totals 165 23 35 58 149 11 2 1 3 24

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2005 Sweden WC 4th 5 1 0 1 0
2006 Sweden WC 1st 8 0 3 3 12
2010 Sweden Oly 5th 4 1 1 2 2
2012 Sweden WC 6th 7 4 5 9 8
Senior totals 24 6 9 15 22

Personal life[edit]

Franzén and his long-time girlfriend Cecilia married on August 2, 2009. The couple welcomed their first child, Eddie Bo Johan Franzén, on February 28, 2011. Franzén stated, "[Cecilia] liked Eddie, and Bo is her dad's name. Usually we have three names back home (in Sweden). It was fun, something else. Pretty special." Franzén created some confusion with teammates when he emailed a picture of the baby wearing blue while wrapped in a pink blanket, but did not say whether it was a boy or girl. On May 13, 2013, Cecilia gave birth to their second son, Oliver Gunnar Franzén, the day after the Red Wings won Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Quarterfinals against the Anaheim Ducks.

Fans and the teammates alike often refer to Franzén as "The Mule," a name originally given to him by Steve Yzerman. As a rookie in 2005, Franzén whizzed past Steve Yzerman on the ice. 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 had stated. "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."

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tough as a Mule". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 2007-05-25. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Johan Franzén". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 2006-08-08. 
  3. ^ "Wings lock up Franzen". The Globe and Mail. 2006-08-25. Retrieved 2006-08-25. 
  4. ^ "Franzen inks three-year deal". Detroit Red Wings. 2006-08-28. Archived from the original on 2006-10-22. Retrieved 2006-09-22. 
  5. ^ "Red Wings grab four-goal win and 3-2 series lead". ESPN.com. 2007-04-21. Retrieved 2008-06-08. 
  6. ^ "Franzen Breaks Howe's GWG Record". redwings.nhl.com. 2008-03-30. Retrieved 2008-04-29. 
  7. ^ Game Recap of Game 4 of the Detroit-Colorado Western Conference Semifinals.
  8. ^ "Dallas 1, Detroit 4". ESPN.com. 2008-05-08. Retrieved 2008-05-25. 
  9. ^ "Possibly the coolest Johan Franzen-on-Patrick Kane smack-down you'll see today". MLive.com. 2009-05-25. Retrieved 2010-04-19. 
  10. ^ "Red Wings forward Johan Franzen says he couldn't resist ripping out Patrick Kane's mouthguard". MLive.com. 2009-05-26. Retrieved 2010-04-19. 
  11. ^ "Wings sign forward Johan Franzen for 11 years". FreeP.com. 2009-04-11. Retrieved 2009-04-11. [dead link]
  12. ^ "Johan Franzen". www.capgeek.com. Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  13. ^ "Nitzy's Hockey Den: May 2010". 
  14. ^ "Red Wings at Senators - 02/02/2011 - NHL.com - Recap". 2 February 2011. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
  15. ^ Franzen named NHL First Star of the week NHL.com, March 3, 2014
  16. ^ "Holmström missar OS - Johan Franzén ersätter". 14 February 2010. Retrieved 14 February 2010. 
  17. ^ Nyquist to replace Franzen in Olympics NHL.com, February 3, 2014

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