Johan Marcus Gunnar Franzén is a former Swedish professional ice hockey winger who last played for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League. His career ended at the start of the 2015-16 season with post-concussion syndrome. Franzén was the Stanley Cup champion with the Red Wings in 2008. He was first drafted by the Red Wings in the third, 97th final round, of the 2004 NHL Draft.
NHL winger nicknamed The Mule for his fortitude. He helped the Detroit Red Wings win a Stanley Cup Championship in 2008.
He began playing in the Swedish hockey leagues in 1997, and signed with the Red Wings in 2004.
He set the Detroit franchise record for most playoff goals in a series (9) and tied another for most playoff goals in a year (13).
He grew up in Vetlanda, Sweden.
Steve Yzerman, the longtime Red Wing team captain, gave him his famous nickname.
Foreigners playing Swedish ice hockey. Swedish expatriate athletes in the United States. Detroit Red Wings Draft Choose. Swedish Olympic ice hockey player. Ice hockey players at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games