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An Exclusive Group

by Bill Roose / Detroit Red Wings

With his first shift in Friday's season-opener against the Ottawa Senators, Nicklas Lidstrom joined another exclusive group.

The Red Wings' captain became the sixth pro athlete in Detroit sports history to play his entire career, for at least 20-seasons, with the same local organization – the Red Wings, Detroit Tigers or Detroit Lions.

“I didn’t know that,” said Lidstrom, after Friday’s morning skate. “That’s some nice company.”

Lidstrom is the third Red Wing, joining hall-of-famers Alex Delvecchio and Steve Yzerman, to play 20-plus seasons in the same NHL sweater.

Tigers hall-of-fame right-fielder Al Kaline and shortstop Alan Trammell, and Lions kicker Jason Hanson are also in the 20-seasons club.

“I didn't see myself being here this long, especially with back in the 90s there were a lot more trades and players moving around,” Lidstrom said. “I didn't see that happening at all.”
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