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by George Malik on 06/01/12 at 08:57 PM ET
Updated 3x with an Albom interview at 8:37 PM: I’ve posted a ridiculous amount of Lidstrom multimedia today, never mind over the past two or three days, but Hockey Webcast on YouTube did a fantastic job of combining TSN’s tribute to the Red Wings’ captain and a video from the Wings that…Well, it makes me cry:
I’ve been covering “my” captain’s retirement for about 45-50 of the last sixty-some hours, so I’m going to have a quiet evening…And yes, he really did tell 97.1 the Ticket’s Stoney, Bill and Sara that when people call him “LinDstrom,” it doesn’t bother him. Not here and not in Sweden.
Give the interview fom the Ticket a listen. What’s he going to miss the most about Metro Detroit? Well, you’ll have to find out for yourself, but it’s pretty remarkable:
Update: Grantland’s Katie Baker just posted a multimedia-filled Lidstrom tribute…
Update #2: FYI, 97.1 posted a semi-annotation…
On Friday’s Stoney and Bill show former (can you believe it?) Detroit Red Wing Nicklas Lidstrom called in to say goodbye. Captain Nick retired on Thursday after 20 years with the only NHL team he has ever known. Four Stanley Cups and seven Norris Trophys later, he is considered by many to be the best defenseman of the last 40 years. Some (Stoney) feel that Bobby Orr was the best ever. He changed the position for sure but I contend if it weren’t for one famous photo, the hype wouldn’t have been quite so much.
We spoke to Nick about his years with the Winged Wheelers and asked what his most disappointing moment was and he responded with the Stanley Cup loss in 2009. We agree. Nick also said he wouldn’t rule out a paddle boarding excursion back in Sweden with Chris Chelios and Kid Rock. As you may remember, the three of them paddled to Belle Isle to make a Kid Rock Comerica Park concert announcement.
Update #2: And a day late, here’s WJR’s clip of Lidstrom speaking to Mitch Albom:
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