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Niklas Kronwall

Born:January 12, 1981Draft:2000 Red Wings #29 Overall
Hometown:Stockholm, SwedenPosition:Defenseman
Known For:PhysicalityShoots:Left
National Team:SwedenCurrent Team:Detroit Red Wings
(Advisor to the GM)

Hans Niklas Kronwall (pronounced [ˈnɪ̌kːlas ˈkrûːnval]; born January 12, 1981) is a Swedish former professional ice hockey defenceman, who currently serves as an advisor to the general manager of the Detroit Red Wings. He previously played for the Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is one of the 30 members of the Triple Gold Club. Kronwall started his career in Järfälla HC and has played internationally for Sweden. In the NHL, Kronwall gained notoriety for being an open-ice hitter, and the phrase “being Kronwalled” was coined to describe his signature back-pedaling hits. In 2008, he won the Stanley Cup with the Red Wings.

Detroit Red Wings Niklas Kronwall
Former Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

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Staff History

  • Detroit Red Wings (Special Asst. to GM – Advisor to the General Manager) 2019-present
  • Team Sweden – Olympics (Senior Advisor) 2021-present


  • Olympic Silver Medal (2014)
  • NHL Playoffs Best Plus/Minus by Defenseman (2008)
  • NHL Playoffs Most Assists by Defenseman (2008)
  • NHL Playoffs Most Points by Defenseman (2008)
  • Stanley Cup Champion (Red Wings – 2008)
  • Triple Gold Club (2008)
  • Olympic Gold Medal (2006)
  • 2x World Championship All-Star Team (2005, 2006)
  • World Championship Best Defenseman (2006)
  • World Championship Gold Medal (2006)
  • World Championship Most Valuable Player (2006)
  • AHL All-Star Game (2005)
  • AHL Best Defenseman (Eddie Shore Award) (2005)
  • AHL First All-Star Team (2005)
  • AHL Most Points by Defenseman (2005)
  • World Championship Silver Medal (2003)
  • 2x Elitserien Champion (2000, 2001)
  • Swedish Junior Hockey Player of the Year (Årets Junior) (2001)
  • U20 WJC Most Goals by Defenseman (2000)
  • U18 WJC All-Star Team (1999)
  • U18 WJC Silver Medal (1999)
  • U18 EJC Gold Medal (1998)