Red Wings will retire Nicklas Lidström’s jersey no. 5

Posted on 4th March 2014 by hockeymedia in The Want List,Tribute | Tags:

NHLThe Detroit Red Wings will retire jersey no. 5 in honour of team legend Nicklas Lidström. The jersey retirement ceremony will take place on Thursday, Mar. 6, 2014.

All fans in attendance will receive a Red Wings mini banner honouring Lidström. Also that night, the current Red Wings will warm up wearing no. 5 jerseys.

Lidström won three Stanley Cup playoff championships with the Red Wings, helping Hockeytown win it all in 1997, 1998 and 2002. He won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff’s most valuable player in 2002.

Lidström played for the Red Wings from 1991-92 to 2011-12. He won the Norris Trophy as the league’s best defenceman seven times (from 2000-01 to 2010-11).

“It just seems so much bigger than I imagined,” Lidström said. “I’ve been looking up at the rafters for a long time and seeing those name and it’s a little surreal that my name is going to be going up there too and it’s a tremendous honor to have my name up there as well.”

“I think just a lot of memories coming back, I’m sure they’ll have a video or two up there and seeing some of my former teammates, just everything surrounding the ceremony and everything,” Lidstrom said. “I think that’s why it will be emotional.”

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