|Birthdate:||January 12, 1981|
Niklas Kronwall (born 12 January 1981) is a Swedish professional ice hockey defenceman and alternate captain for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is one of the 26 members in the Triple Gold Club. Kronwall started his career in Järfälla HC in Sweden, and has played internationally for the Sweden. In the NHL, Kronwall has 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.