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Red Wings' Nik Kronwall ends NHL career just shy of 1,000 games

Hard-hitting Detroit Red Wings defenceman Niklas Kronwall is retiring after 15 seasons and 953 regular-season games to take a new role within the organization.

Physical defenceman, 2008 Stanley Cup champ taking new role within organization

Veteran defenceman Niklas Kronwall is retiring from the NHL after 15 seasons with the Red Wings. He scored three goals and 27 points in 79 games last season for the rebuilding club. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Niklas Kronwall is retiring after 15 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings.

The hard-hitting defenceman announced his retirement in a video Tuesday on the team's Twitter account, saying he would be taking a new role within the organization.

Kronwall played 953 games in his NHL career and was part of the Detroit team that won the Stanley Cup in 2008.

Kronwall had three goals and 24 assists in 79 games last season.

The rebuilding Red Wings are in their first off-season since the return of Steve Yzerman as general manager. They've missed the post-season three straight years.

Kronwall's future was uncertain when 2018-19 ended, but he'd shown over the past couple seasons that he could stay healthy.

The Swede said in his retirement video that it was an honour to wear the Red Wings' jersey, and that Detroit has become home for him and his family.

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