The Red Wings wanted to protect the tradition of the Winged Wheel as much as possible with the new streamlined Reebok jerseys all NHL teams are using this season, but thatâ€™s one concession they had to make. And it only affects three players, Lidstrom and his two alternate captains.
The letters had to be moved because the new jerseys are made of multiple panels, and there wasnâ€™t room for them above the tip of the Winged Wheel on the left side without hitting a seam. And if you look at some old Wings photos, thatâ€™s actually been done before, too.
OMG FU BETTMAN!
Not a big deal.