May 31, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom during a press conference announcing his retirement at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Nicklas Lidstrom to have number retired in Detroit

Nicklas Lidstrom, a seven time winner of the Norris Trophy which is given to the best defenseman in the league, will have his number 5 jersey retired by his former team, the Detroit Red Wings. The organization made an announcement this week that said they would pay tribute to Lidstrom on March 6, prior to a game against the Colorado Avalanche.

Lidstrom was drafted 53rd overall in the 3rd round by Detroit. That’s where he’s played all of his 20 seasons in the NHL. He was a part of four Stanley Cup Championships, and retired at the end of the 2011-12 season.

Nicklas Lidstrom also made some history when he won one of those Cups. In an article by the Associated Press,

He was named captain of the Red Wings before the 2006-07 season, and when Detroit beat Pittsburgh in the 2008 finals, he became the first European-born captain to lead his team to a Stanley Cup.

 

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