Gordie Howe is “Mr. Hockey,” Steve Yzerman “The Captain.”
Nicklas Lidstrom does not have a definitive nickname.Half the time, it seems, his last name is mispronounced even by the most ardent Red Wings’ fans as “Lindstrom.”
Or it’s simply, “Nick.”The latter part is fitting because the brilliance of Nicklas Lidstrom during his two decades along the blue line for the Red Wings was his understated and overwhelmingly effective performance.
To a generation of hockey fans, raised in the 1950s and 1960s, Gordie Howe will always be the greatest Red Wing of all time.To another generation, those raised beyond the early 1980s, it is overwhelmingly Steve Yzerman.
Yet, with all due respect to Mr. Hockey and The Captain, the greatest Red Wing of all is Lidstrom, whose uniform No.5 will be retired by the organization Thursday night before a game vs. Colorado at Joe Louis Arena.
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