Great news for Red Wings fans everywhere, we will all have the opportunity to watch the perfect human in action one last time. Nicklas Lidstrom will be attending and playing in the Red Wings alumni game against the Toronto Maple Leafs alumni team on January 1st before the Winter Classic takes place.
Lidstrom was the captain of the Red Wings when long time captain, Steve Yzerman retired in 2006. Lidstrom ownes an endless amount of Red Wings records, and his resume is loaded with award and records. A seven time Norris Trophy Winner, Lidstrom was a part of the Red Wings impressive 22 year playoff streak, and in his 20 years in the NHL, he never missed the playoffs.
Lidstrom won 4 Stanley Cups in his time in the NHL, and in 14 straight seasons, never finished worse than 6th in Norris voting. Lidstrom was the greatest defensive player the city of Detroit has ever witnessed, and is set to have his number 5 retired at the Joe on March 6th before a match-up with the Colorado Avalanche. I’m sure it’s coincidence, but I like to think they did it on purpose to shove it in the face of opposing coach, and former rival Colorado Avalanche goaltender Patrick Roy.
The Red Wings alumni roster includes greats like, coach, Scotty Bowman, and players Alex Delvecchio, Mickey Redmond, Ted Lindsay, Brendan Shanahan, Chris Chelios, Larry Murphy, Chris Osgood, and Mike Vernon.
Now all we’re waiting on is the commitment from the great #19, Steve Yzerman to play in the alumni game, and Wings fans everywhere can rejoice.
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