On a night of celebrating the illustrious past of the Red Wings, Ilitch made it clear the team intends to build on that past.
It’s not enough these days to just say that Nick Lidstrom was a great defenseman, you have to go further. How great was he?
Amid smoke and flashing lights, a large red banner emerged from a big black box, and No. 5 ascended gracefully, regally, to the rafters.
Andre Benoit scored off an assist from rookie Nathan MacKinnon with 31.4 seconds left in overtime, lifting the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.
You already remember what he did in the biggest games you’ve ever saw.
It’s one of the oldest bits in Detroit sports talk radio…
“Enjoy the moment, enjoy the NHL, enjoy being a Red Wing, and take it all in,” Lidstrom said.
“This past year, I had a medical procedure that has kept me out of the spotlight for awhile.”
Attending the ceremony will be Red Wings legends Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay, Alex Delvecchio, Steve Yzerman and members of the Abel and Sawchuck families.
The City Theatre in Detroit will host a party next month in honor of Detroit Red Wings great Nicklas Lidstrom’s jersey retirement ceremony.