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.

15 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.

  5. Pam says:

    I forgot to vote :).

    LONG LIVE the NCAA. Hockey will change in time. I went to MSU with backwards career Jason. He’s in the Elite League with my son (go figure).

    Red Baronsen (U of M’s coach) was told he would never play in the NHL if he went to a University. It’s changing.

    Someday there won’t be war in the world either.

    I didn’t vote because I didn’t need to vote.

  6. Pam says:

    Did you know the world record for largest hockey game is still held by MSU/U of M game in the Big Chill?

    The Winter Classic didn’t break the record.


    The Spartans and Wolverines are great fans. They spend more time in school so they don’t have a lot of vices. They are “elite” and for the most part, very nice to be around.

  7. Pam says:

    Joe Sakic is something I don’t discuss in open forum. I am friends with Frankie who had to testify against Lance Armstrong who was a teammate. I’ll leave it at that.

  8. Pam says:

    Jim and I are G2’s. Second generation MSU academics/athletics.

    We grew up the same. We take things for granted. We know, but it makes are friendship special.

  9. Pam says:

    Jim and I are G2’s. Second generation MSU academics/athletics.

    We grew up the same. We take things for granted. We know, but it makes are friendship special.

    G3’s are water. Interesting enough, I suppose, I know three MSU G2’s now, and they only hurt people if necessary.

  10. Pam says:

    The G2 Jolly Green Giant will scare anyone who thinks he would hurt you to death. It’s a great relationship. He scares people. He’s smart (all big ten academics…learned from home). He had a lot of extra time on his hands because he didn’t have to study in school and became 6’9″ and bench pressed 400 pounds.

  11. Pam says:

    The Jolly Green Giant was the third tallest and third strongest on MSU’s football team. First and second went to African American linebackers.

    His position? PUNTER. He doesn’t hurt anyone on purpose.

  12. Pam says:

    You’ve been approved.

  13. Pam says:

    I’m the anti Bertuzzi. How can he be my son’s every other game this year be with Bertuzzi?

    His son is a year younger. Big D is 8 inches taller and can hold up from what I can see from one game.

    He’s such a dirty player. Big D can level his son if necessary. I think it would be a good lesson to them.

  14. Pam says:

    To be in the top 10% intellectually is not a bad thing. Bob Probert is dead. You’re quiet around 90% of the NHL. It took a long time to notice you because you were better than anyone but you didn’t speak. Even when you speak English, you don’t speak to the NHL. The NCAA adores you.

  15. Pam says:

    In my mini poll of people, I know you are the NCAA favorite. It’s different. We pull in a ton of money compared to professional sports because we’re different.

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