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Lidstrom calls Red Wings jersey retirement ‘a tremendous honor’

Aug 2, 2013, 4:34 PM EST

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Nicklas Lidstrom, as was announced yesterday, will watch his No. 5 jersey go to the rafters at Joe Louis Arena next season, and while it’s an inevitable celebration for the long-time steady Detroit Red Wings defenseman, he remains humbled.

There are a number of excellent past players who had a tremendous impact on the Red Wings through the years.

It’s a fact Lidstrom, who played his entire career with the Red Wings and was regarded as one of the best blue liners ever to play the game, is fully aware of.

The likes of Steve Yzerman, Ted Lindsay, Gordie Howe, Sid Abel, Terry Sawchuk and Alex Delvecchio – they are players who have come before Lidstrom and who also have their jerseys retired.

“It’s a tremendous honor to have my jersey retired next to Yzerman, Lindsay, Howe, Abel, Sawchuk and Delvecchio,” Lidstrom told the Detroit Free Press.

“I’m looking forward to the ceremony and to have my family there…And for them to experience the great atmosphere of the Joe once again!”

  1. buffal0sportsfan - Aug 2, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Unfortunately that “atmosphere of the Joe” won’t be around much longer. Only been there once but it was an amazing experience

  2. imleftcoast - Aug 2, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Great player. He spent his career piling up points against my team, but I can’t help being a Lidstrom fan.

  3. pepper2011 - Aug 2, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Well it’s good to know in his retirement he found some class…

    Seriously bad headline. What else would you expect from him. He has been epitome of what and how an organization wants their players to be like.

    The real headline would have been if he said: Lidstrom calls Red Wings jersey retirement ‘too late in the season; I mean March?’
    or
    Lidstrom calls Red Wings jersey retirement ‘a scam to sell tickets’

    In all seriousness though: congrats to him – one of the ALL TIME greats.

    4 CUPS
    1 gold medal
    +450 in his career as a defenseman that was always paired against other teams tops lines. Badass. Just plain badass.

  4. girouxed - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Of course it’s a tremendous honor. What did you think he was going to say “Wow I can’t believe I’m being shamed by the Detroit red wings organization”.

  5. howintensive - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    There are also 2 “unofficial” retired numbers for the Red Wings- Vladmir Konstantinov’s 16, and Larry Aurie’s 6. James Norris originally retired #6, but he never put any banners up in the rafters. When Illitch took over, he refused to recognize Aurie’s number. It’s a really interesting story- if you have some free time, look it up.

  6. garrison1981 - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Class Act! Thank you nick for your years at the point!

  7. thedavesiknowiknow - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Pizza is pretty good.

  8. clefty1 - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    After getting #5 hung in the rafters at the Joe the next stop is the HHOF.

  9. bobusch1 - Aug 3, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    I have been blessed here in Michigan and the sports world to see people like Lemouix, Gretzky Bossy, Coffey, P. Manning, E. Manning, and a few others that just went out and got things done the right way, and in Michigan, Barry Sanders, Joe Dumars(player), Steve Yzerman, Herman Moore, Tom Brady(U of M), AND NICK, just be class acts and very professional during my life as a sports fan, I know there are hundreds even thousands that I did not name here but you get my point. I am honored to have watch everyone that I have named, and I am glad they are doing this for all those seasons you gave not only Detroit, but hockey fans in Michigan, and the hockey world….YOU EARNED IT #5 WE WILL NEVER FORGET YOU.

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