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Wings to retire Lidstrom’s number on March 6, 2014

Aug 1, 2013, 2:40 PM EDT

Nicklas Lidstrom AP

Talk about perfect timing — the Red Wings have just announced that Nicklas Lidstrom’s No. 5 will be retired on March 6, 2014, when Detroit hosts the Colorado Avalanche.

(It’s Red Wings day on PHT, if you haven’t heard.)

“For a long time, there was no doubt in ownership’s and management’s mind that Nicklas Lidstrom would play his entire career with the Detroit Red Wings and that his sweater would fittingly go up into the rafters along with the other all-time greatest Red Wing players – Abel, Delvecchio, Howe, Lindsay, Sawchuk and Yzerman,” said Wings Senior Vice President Jim Devellano in a release.

One of the greatest defensemen in NHL history, the Lidstrom ceremony should be a special one, as Wings fans have yet to really honor him in person since he officially retired. The seven-time Norris Trophy winner called it a career on May 31, 2012.

One question we still have — will Lidstrom be part of the Winter Classic festivities?  Remember, there’s an alumni game on New Year’s Eve at Comerica Park.

  1. rodeoclowndc - Aug 1, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    My buddy said they’re going to retire so many numbers that soon jerseys will have hexadecimal numbers on them.

    (Yeah, he’s a programmer.)

  2. pone27 - Aug 1, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    easily the best defenseman in my era growing up. defined the meaning of a two way defenseman.

    as a Hawks fan, who obviously is not a fan of the Wings, you gotta tip your hat to this guy, and wish him the best.

    thank you for some amazing hockey, Nick

  3. phillyphanatic77 - Aug 1, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    He was once described as “the perfect human” and I’d say that’s pretty accurate. I mean over 1500 games, 264 goals, 878 assists, 7 Norris Trophy’s, 4 Cups… speaks for itself. He just understood the game so well, he was brilliant on the ice. He probably could’ve played til he was 50 and still been productive. Retiring his # is a no brainer.

  4. kingsforever - Aug 1, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Overrated. How did he won a Norris the same year he was a MINUS player? Amazing.

    • fusionix7 - Aug 1, 2013 at 8:31 PM

      Somebody hit the sauce a bit too early today.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:48 PM

      He was also only a minus player once in twenty seasons. No way he’s overrated.

      • esracerx46 - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:54 PM

        And never missed the playoffs!

    • clefty1 - Aug 4, 2013 at 10:46 AM

      You truly do not know anything about hockey do you. It is amazing they let your DUMB ASS comment on here…

  5. icelovinbrotha215 - Aug 1, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Well deserved.

  6. blackhawks2010 - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    One of the best Blueliners of all time. Fitting recognition.

  7. ryanprzy - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    He came into the league when I was six years old and retired when I was 27. I consider myself both spoiled and lucky to have grown up watching such a masterful defenseman, and I will never take that for granted. Nick Lidstrom is truly one of the greats.

  8. hockinj25 - Aug 2, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    The Red Wings knew it was their day, that is why they announced it today. Ken Holland has PHT in his bookmarks.

  9. shoobiedoobin - Aug 2, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Greatest of all time

  10. juzzi7 - Aug 4, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Sucks at golf!

  11. 2late2matter - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Few at this board need reminding that Nicklas Lidstrom, played 20 consecutive seasons and 1,564 games with the Red Wings, took home 7 Norris trophies (presented to the league’s best defenseman), being one less than Boston’s great defenseman, Bobby Orr who won eight.

    He scored 264 goals and recorded 848 assists – for a career of 1142 points – in helping the DRWs win 4 Lord Stanley cups.

    When his jersey will be retired and elevated amongst Detroit’s greatest players on March 6, 2014, his numbers will reflect him second only to Mr. Hockey himself, Gordie Howe.

    Can anyone else say HOF?

  12. bensawesomeness - Aug 1, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    PHT, get rid of this clown

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