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Video: Red Wings retire Lidstrom’s jersey

Mar 6, 2014, 8:30 PM EDT

Things are pretty shaky for the Detroit Red Wings as of this moment, but Thursday represents a chance to look back at the not-so-distant past, as they retired Nicklas Lidstrom’s No. 5 tonight.

Here’s video of the ceremony:

One of the night’s most touching moments involved a salute to Vladimir Konstantinov:

The honor meant a lot to Lidstrom, even if he didn’t immediately know everything about retired numbers in Hockeytown:

  1. angrytwitterguy - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    Not entirely sure this is deserved, lots of hype, little substance…

    • mshantz22 - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:41 PM

      If you don’t think that Lidstrom deserved this, then you are probably the dumbest hockey fan ever.

      • angrytwitterguy - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:42 PM

        I didn’t say I don’t think it’s deserved, just that I’m not sure.

    • alexksmith88 - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:49 PM

      Maybe the greatest defenseman ever to play the game. Top 3 at worst alongside Orr and Harvey.

      • angrytwitterguy - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:50 PM

        Al Iafrate?

      • alexksmith88 - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:54 PM

        Great player, but no Lidstrom, not by a long shot.

      • jag1023 - Mar 7, 2014 at 3:54 PM

        No Paul Coffey?

    • angrytwitterguy - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:55 PM

      I’m just kidding, I love Lidstrom, best D man anyone born within that last 40 years has ever seen

    • henrik4dawin - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:58 PM

      I guess you never saw him play, or read about him or anything. This is one of THE best defensemen of all time

      • angrytwitterguy - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:26 PM

  2. wingslax35 - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    Way to take a stance. Not a Detroit fan, but the ceremony is definitely deserved.

  3. angrytwitterguy - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Vladimir Kostantinov?

    Missing an “N” there James

    • James O'Brien - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:53 PM

      Fixed, thanks.

  4. bringbackthevipers - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    Thanks for the good times Nick.

  5. lowenni - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    In my opinion the second best defenseman in the history of the game only after Orr. Never been a steadier presence patrolling a blue line as Nick Lidstrom, and to sum it up, in the words of Mike Babcock, he is simply “the perfect human”. Hope he has as much success and joy in the rest of his life off the ice as he did on it.

  6. bigbadbruins77 - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Well deserved! One of the greatest and my favorites of All Time.

  7. blackhawksdynasty - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Congratulations to #5. Such a pleasure to watch and a fantastic role model.

  8. stcrowe - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Lidstrom was underappreciated when he played because he made it look easy and effortless. He got the job done without looking flashy. People didn’t even notice what a great job he was doing. Now that he is gone, it is easy to see what the Red Wings miss about him.

    • blackhawksdynasty - Mar 6, 2014 at 11:00 PM

      Ok now that I have to disagree with. Granted, I may have seen a lot more of Lidstrom than others thanks to a division rivalry, but c’mon man.
      Countless Norris trophies, all star appearances, Cups, etc…
      Even diehard ESPN watchers are plenty familiar with Nick Lidstrom
      He’s anything but unappreciated

      • dueman - Mar 7, 2014 at 3:27 AM


      • pwshrugged - Mar 7, 2014 at 8:53 AM

        Actually, for a long stretch, Lidstrom was quite underappreciated. He was so humble, and such a quiet presence both on and off the ice. It wasn’t until Yzerman retired that people really started to take notice at how good he was on the national level. But that was Lidstrom… he just came to work and did his job. Just so happened that he did it better than anyone else ever has, except maybe Orr or Harvey, as mentioned above.

      • jag1023 - Mar 7, 2014 at 3:57 PM

        @pwsshrugged – you forget Paul Coffey

  9. dtownbeatdown - Mar 6, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    Hockey needs more Lidstroms, class act on an off the ice. And the most solid defenceman I was lucky enough to witness in my lifetime.

  10. vgraziano - Mar 7, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    The NHL dropped the ball on this one – they should have set this up for a wed night rivalry game so it would have been on nat’l tv. Not a wings fan but it’s hard not to like him play over the years – great career.

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