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Lockout Delaying #5 To The Rafters

from Andi Petrillo of CBC,

As talks continue in the NHL dispute between the players and owners, and previously scheduled regular season games are falling by the wayside, there is one elite athlete who is patiently waiting to take his permanent spot in hockey history.

Once this labour dispute is over, it will become official: Nicklas Lidstrom's No. 5 will be retired by the Detroit Red Wings.

It's an amazing stamp on an NHL career that began with modest expectations. It was only due to diligence that Lidstrom landed on the radar of North American hockey evaluators in the first place.

Current Red Wings general manager and executive vice president Ken Holland first found out about the defenceman in January 1989 through Neil Smith, who was then with the Detroit organization before becoming an eventual Stanley Cup winning GM with the New York Rangers.

Detroit's chief European scout at the time, Christer Rockstrom, is credited with discovering Lidstrom.

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Hippy Dave's avatar

More time we have to wait to have a good cry.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Portland by way of Detroit on 10/16/12 at 06:55 AM ET

gowings's avatar

Hippy Dave:

Indeed.

Posted by gowings from MTL on 10/16/12 at 09:49 AM ET

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