DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings have retired Nicklas Lidstrom's No. 5 jersey.
Lidstrom was honoured Thursday night before Detroit hosted the Colorado Avalanche. A red banner ? with his last name and number in white ? was raised to the rafters to end the pregame ceremony.
The storied franchise previously retired six jerseys: Gordie Howe's No. 9, Steve Yzerman's No. 19, Ted Lindsay's No. 7, Terry Sawchuk's No. 1, Alex Delvecchio's No. 10 and Sid Abel's No. 12.
Lidstrom retired after the 2011-12 season ? his 20th with the Red Wings. He won four Stanley Cups and seven Norris Trophies as the NHL's best defenceman.
The Swede played in 1,564 games ? the most by someone who was on only one NHL team ? and could still be making millions in the league.