This is Henrik Zetterberg’s softball. It currently lives alongside the stool by Kris Draper’s locker.

“Drapes keeps on taking them,” Zetterberg said. “Don’t forget to mention that in your report.”

Softballs are quite popular in the Red Wings locker room. Actually, they are more popular than baseballs, basketballs, footballs and even hockey pucks. Most of the players have them in their stalls and use them frequently, some in neon yellow, while others opt for the traditional white.

“They’re great for massages, for working the muscles,” Zetterberg said. “I actually got the idea from Kyle Quincey while he was here a few seasons ago.”

Hank isn’t a softball player, but Brian Rafalski, one of the other softball converts actually plays.

“Not so much last summer with the back, but I play on occasion. It’s just one of those things that works different groups of muscles and is easy to use.”

Zetterberg said that Quincey actually used a baseball, but favors the softball due to its larger size.

According to Tomas Holmstrom, the concept is pretty simple. Players will place the ball on the floor and use their body to create friction and movement. It’s simple, yet very effective.