Johan Franzen is signed through 2020 with a $3.95 million cap hit. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
Status: Detroit Red Wings right winger
Ht: 6-foot-3 Wt: 222 pounds
DOB: Dec. 23, 1979 In: Landsbro, Sweden
Hockey Inspirations: "I read all the biographies when I was a kid - Wayne Gretzky, Borje Salming, Peter Forsberg. So I guess those would be the first ones who come to mind."
First Hockey Memory: "My first memory is breaking my first stick. We had our little ice surface close to where I lived - we skated down the hill to the ice and played there. I had one of those mini sticks that you put on the wall. And I remember still when I broke my first stick with a slapshot. It was huge for me. I could go to the next level stick-wise and get a bigger one. Yeah, it was something special."
Nickname: "Only ‘Mule.’ "
Favorite Movies: "I hate these kinds of questions (smiles). Can't come up with one."
Musical Tastes: "A mix. I hate these questions (smiles). I never have an answer for them. I should write this at home instead. I listen to everything."
First Job: "First real job was at a window company. Big one in Sweden."
Current Car: "BMW."
Favorite Meal: "Steak."
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: "Vanilla. With chocolate sauce."
Greatest Sports Moment: "Stanley Cup."
Most Painful Moment: "Painful moment...maybe the year before, when we lost to Anaheim. Wasn't fun at all. And last season - being out with ACL."
Favorite Uniforms: "Red Wings and Rangers."
Last Vacation: "Peru."
Closest NHL Friends: "(Niklas) Kronwall, (Henrik) Zetterberg."
Funniest Players Encountered: "Oh, I gotta think of my team because I don't know anyone else...say Chris Osgood."
Toughest Competitors Encountered: "It's hard. Let me think about it. (Niklas) Hjalmarsson, Chicago."
Most Memorable Goal: "Maybe first hat trick in the playoffs against Colorado."
Embarrassing Hockey Memory: "I hit the ref once. (With a shot?) No, with my body (laughs). When I was a kid (age 12). Got suspended. That was embarrassing."
Favorite Sport Outside Hockey: "Golf, tennis."
Personality Qualities Most Admired: "You can trust them. Trustworthy."
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