The great Nick Lidstrom will play in the Winter Classic alumni game!

nicklas lidstrom 200802 ap The great Nick Lidstrom will play in the Winter Classic alumni game!

No. 5 will return to the Detroit Red Wings lineup for one night this season — well, the Red Wings’ alumni team lineup.

Defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, who retired following the 2011-12 season, will play for the Red Wings team at the 2013 Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings Alumni Showdown on Dec. 31 at Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers, as part of the festivities surrounding the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.

“I will be part of that game,” Lidstrom told the Red Wings’ website. “I’m really looking forward to the Winter Classic and being a part of something like that again, and to play with some of my former teammates when I played back in ’90s and early 2000s. It’ll be exciting. … I’m excited for the opportunity to play again.”

Lidstrom spent his entire 20-season NHL career with the Red Wings, the team that drafted him in the third round (No. 53) of the 1989 NHL Draft. He won seven Norris Trophies, tied for second all-time, and four Stanley Cups. He spent his final six seasons as team captain, and in 2008 became the only European-born and -trained player to captain a team to a Stanley Cup.

His 1,564 games are second in Red Wings history and 10th all-time in League history. His 1,142 points are fourth in team history, and the most among the club’s defensemen.

Lidstrom finished his career with 264 goals, 878 assists and a plus-450 rating, which ranks sixth all-time among NHL defensemen.

The Red Wings will retire his No. 5 during a pre-game on-ice ceremony prior to a game March 6, 2014, against the Colorado Avalanche.

4 Responses to “The great Nick Lidstrom will play in the Winter Classic alumni game!”

  1. Pam says:

    I am going back to work on Wednesday. I need to feel better. I have been too sick to work for three months.

    I am taking a year to get myself better. Seriously, one year.

    I an not exercising at all at this point even though I can. I need to work a ton and move. I need to get myself to a healthy place. I don’t care about losing muscle, endurance, or ability. I will regain it when I have moved.

  2. Pam says:

    You snuck up on me. I have no idea what you want from me. I was trying to figure out my life, keeping my children close (I knew Daniel was able to play AAA). It got the point we had to go AAA. Money doesn’t grow on trees and I don’t want to someday say “no”. I have an ex-husband. I’ve seen his current credit report.

  3. Pam says:

    Jim, Tim and I are friends. We have been coaching together six years now. The Spartans, Wolverines and Fighting Irish are different. Very, very smart. We all had family issues with money. We all knew it. We played down because of it.

    Sergei Federov was robbed by a Financial Advisor. I have a degree from MSU in Financial Administration. It’s sad. It shouldn’t have happened. There are legitimate Financial Advisors. You don’t have to know what we do, you have to trust that we will do the right thing. That’s why my son wasn’t in AAA. I had to protect him from the future on not having enough money.

  4. Pam says:

    The only Red Wing’s son who wasn’t playing AAA hockey was Jason Woolley’s son. He had a slow start to his career and ended at the Red Wings. That’s not normal.


    He’s a Spartan. The NCAA, at one time was told they could never play in the NHL. Too different.

    We are almost to the point that there isn’t war in the world. The NCAA will take over. He was over looked because he wasn’t violent.

    You made a tremendous difference for us.

    Thank you.

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