Red Wings to retire Lidstrom's No. 5 next season
After a two-decade career with the Detroit Red Wings that included 1,827 games (regular season and playoffs), four Stanley Cups, 318 goals and 1,007 assists, Nicklas Lidstrom retired in May 2012 as one of the greatest defensemen ever.
Now the future Hall of Fame defenseman will have his No. 5 lifted to the rafters at Joe Louis Arena.
The Red Wings announced on Thursday that they will honor Lidstrom by officially retiring his jersey on March 6, 2014, when they play host to the Colorado Avalanche.
Lidstrom won seven Norris Trophy awards as the league’s top defenseman -- equaling Doug Harvey’s total and coming one shy of Bobby Orr’s record eight -- won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2002 as the playoff MVP and in 2008 became the first European born-and-trained captain to hoist the Cup.
He also scored the winning goal for his native land Sweden in a 3-2 victory over Finland to win an Olympic gold medal in 2006 and was named to the NHL All-Star team 12 times.