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|Posted: Thu Aug 1st, 2013 10:38 pm||
|Detroit will be retiring Nicklas Lidstrom's # 5 this season.
The Detroit Red Wings announced on Thursday that they will retire Nicklas Lidstrom's No. 5 jersey in a ceremony on March 6.
The banner will be raised to the roof of Joe Louis Arena before a game against the Colorado Avalanche.
Lidstrom retired following the 2011-12 campaign after 20 seasons, all with the Red Wings.
"For a long time, there was no doubt in ownership's and management's mind that Nicklas Lidstrom would play his entire career with the Detroit Red Wings and that his sweater would fittingly go up into the rafters along with the other all-time greatest Red Wing players – Abel, Delvecchio, Howe, Lindsay, Sawchuk and Yzerman," said Red Wings vice president Jim Devellano in a statement.
A member of the exclusive "Triple-Gold" club, Lidstrom won both an Olympic gold medal (2006) and an IIHF World Championship (1991) with Sweden in addition to the four Stanley Cups he won with the Red Wings.
Lidstrom won seven Norris Trophies in ten seasons starting in 2001. He played in 12 NHL All-Star Games and was named to the league's First All-Star Team 10 times.
Taking over the Red Wings captaincy when long-time teammate Steve Yzerman retired in 2006, he would lead the team to back-to-back Cup Finals appearances in 2008 and 2009, becoming the first European player to captain a Cup champion in 2008.
Originally selected in the third round (53rd overall) by the Red Wings in 1989, Lidstrom racked up 264 goals and 878 assists in 1,564 career NHL games.