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Caputo: 3 Former Detroit Athletes Whose Numbers Should Be Retired

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By Pat Caputo  @PatCaputo98

The Red Wings will retire Nicklas Lidstrom’s No.5 in March. It’s a no-brainer. Lidstrom is one of the greatest defensemen in National Hockey League history. But here are three other retired Detroit athletes whose uniform numbers should be retired as well.

1. Chris Osgood, No. 30, Red Wings – Osgood is one of only 10 goalies in NHL history to win more than 400 games, the majority of which came with the Red Wings. The Red Wings have won four Stanley Cup titles since 1997. Osgood was the primary goalie for two of those playoff runs.

2. Jason Hanson, No.4, Lions – I don’t believe kickers belong in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but Hanson’s mark on Lions’ history should not be dismissed. He was, by an incredible margin, the best kicker in team history. And he got it done for more than two decades.

3. Sergei Fedorov, No. 91, Red Wings – I have never understood the fan hate for Fedorov. He won a Hart Trophy as the NHL’s MVP. He was a truly brilliant skater and two-way player on three Stanley Cup title teams. And he was at his best during the playoffs.

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