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Nick Lidstrom thanks Wings fans with full-page newspaper ad

Jun 3, 2012, 5:49 PM EDT

When a player retires after playing their entire career in one city, they’ve often got a lot to be thankful for. Nicklas Lidstrom is no different and he decided to take out a full-page ad in the Detroit Free Press to express his gratitude.

The message he shared for the fans was pretty simple.


Somewhere there are Bruins fans wishing Tim Thomas had the same savvy Nicklas Lidstrom has when it comes to saying good-bye.

  1. shutyourfivehole - Jun 3, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    One of a kind. Could never stand the Red Wings, but always liked and respected #5. Total class (and not a bad “D man”).

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 3, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Pure class…expect anything less?

  3. emperorzero - Jun 3, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    I’m a die-hard Avalanche fan and even I say, “Who DOESN”T like Nicklas Lidstrom?” Always a class act on and off the ice. May Nick and his family have many years of peace and happiness.

  4. boxwatcher - Jun 3, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    As a Blackhawks fan I’m glad to see him go. As a hockey fan I’m sad… Class guy.

  5. ynothockey - Jun 3, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    For a player to go out of his way to thank the fans like that what a amazing person on and off the ice. Not a Wings fan but that was awesome!

  6. vindicatus - Jun 3, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    A true class act

  7. egodz51 - Jun 3, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    One in a million. Not too many professional athletes like #5…

  8. thedavesiknowiknow - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:21 AM

    I feel bad for not actually bringing anything to the conversation, but this is true class personified- and very touching. It’s one thing to have his track record as a player, it’s another to be so humble and show such appreciation for Detroit. Really, really cool.

  9. paranoiattack91 - Jun 4, 2012 at 3:37 AM

    Kings fan for life but I’m seriously extremely sad to see him go. Skill and class way above the rest!

  10. norcalirish - Jun 4, 2012 at 7:42 AM

    Sharks fan, but wow. Nicely done.

  11. jpat2424 - Jun 4, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    Class act (hawks fan)

  12. redwingsfan999 - Jun 4, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    There r very few athletes that can play at a high level like nick lidstrom and still be so humble

  13. cmutimmah - Jun 4, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    look, I’m a huge Wing fan and Lidstrom has been my favorite player since I was 15, but a full page ad in the paper kind of shows his age… he only thanked the 250 people that still receive a paper… lol.

    Going to miss you, Nick! Still the BEST episode of NHL 36.

  14. mrpigs - Jun 4, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Class guy! Wish he had played for my Rangers..

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