The Detroit Red Wings have just retired Nicklas Lidstrom's jersey. The NHL legend spent all 20 of his NHL seasons with the Detroit Red Wings.
Lidstrom was honoured before the game on Thursday March 6th against the Colorado Avalanche.
The 43-year-old joins six other former Red Wings that have received the same honour, including his former teammate, Steve Yzerman.
Nick however, is the first Red Wing defenceman to have his jersey retired. When Lidstrom first joined the Red Wings franchise at 21 years of age he asked for the jersey number 9.
He wasn't aware of the franchise history, as that jersey number belonged to the greatest Red Wing of all time, Gordie Howe. Lidstrom eventually settled for number five.
Now 23 years later, Lidstrom got to see his jersey banner raised amongst the greatest Red Wings of all time.
Nicklas commented on what the jersey retirement meant to him, stating: "It's not like winning a trophy for a successful season or playoff; it's not winning an individual trophy, this is something different. This is all about being a Detroit Red Wing."
Lidstrom has accomplished so much in his career, winning four Stanley Cups and also Gold medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics with Sweden. He is also a seven-time Norris Trophy winner.
There are too many accolades to mention for Lidstrom, his resume is that impressive. One thing is for certain, he is one of the NHL's greatest players of all time and a case can be made that he is the second greatest defenceman of all time, behind only Bobby Orr of course.
Congratulations Nicklas Lidstrom.
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