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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.

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

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  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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