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Red Wings to retire Lidstrom's No. 5 next season

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The Detroit Red Wings will honor former defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom by retiring his No. 5 before their game March 6, 2014, against the Colorado Avalanche.

Lidstrom retired following the 2011-12 season having played 1,564 games, all as a member of the Red Wings, the team that selected him in the third round (No. 53) of the 1989 NHL Draft.

"I'm looking forward to the ceremony and to have my family there," Lidstrom told the Detroit Free Press. "And for them to experience the great atmosphere of the Joe once again."

He debuted with the Red Wings during the 1991-92 season and helped the team win the Stanley Cup four times (1997, 1998, 2002, 2008) while becoming one of the League's dominant forces on the blue line. Lidstrom won the Norris Trophy seven times and was plus-450 for his career, 10th all-time.

Lidstrom is fifth all-time in games for a player who skated with a single team, and second on Detroit's list behind Gordie Howe. He contributed 264 goals and 878 points during the regular season, and his 1,142 points are fourth-most in franchise history.

"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," Red Wings senior vice president Jim Devellano said in a statement.

Lidstrom became the first European to captain his team to a Stanley Cup (2008), inheriting the role in Detroit after Steve Yzerman retired.

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