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by George Malik on 06/11/14 at 02:24 PM ET
This is intriguing but not necessarily earth-shattering news from Aftonbladet's Fredrik Falk, former Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, who's been working as an assistant coach on his youngest son's 12-year-olds' team, has been named an "adjunct" to Vasteras IK hockey's board of directors.
Hockey organizations work very differently in Europe--a city's hockey team basically takes kids in from "tyke" level and develops them all the way up to the professional level, all under the same umbrella organization--so Lidstrom's going to be learning about everything from the youth programs to the organization's professional team, which plays in the Swedish Allsvenskan (one step below the SHL):
What follows from Aftonbladet's Falk is roughly translated:
Nicklas Lidstrom gets a new role with Vasteras IK
"Lidas" involved with the team: Legend Nicklas Lidstrom, 44, is taking on a new role with Vasteras Hockey. The former star defenseman will become an adjunct to the team's board of directors.
The announcement was met with applause at the end of the meeting, according to vlt.se
In summer of 2012, Nicklas Lidstrom announced that he'd hung up his skates after 20 successful years in the NHL.
The Detroit Red Wings paid tribute to the veteran defenseman with great fanfare in March, when his number 5 was retired and raised to the rafters at Joe Louis Arena.
Beofre his successful years in North America, "Lidas" played for Vasteras IK, which he joined at 16 years of age.
Now Lidstrom has a role with his former team--as an adjunct to the Board of Directors.
He wasn't formally elected, according to Vastmanlands' Lans Tidning, but the role means that the 44-year-old can sit in on the board meetings to come.
"It feels great to be with the organization and to see how they do their work," says Lidstrom to the newspaper.
Here's VLT's Kevin Johansson's interview with Lidstrom:
Lidas joins VIK
Here's VIK Hockey's powerful Board of Directors' addition. Perhaps the all-time best is joining the club's management.
"It should be fun to learn more about the business," says Lidas to vlt.se.
The decision was announced during the club's annual [end-of-season] meeting, and was greeted by applause from members of the audience.
"Lidas" was not selected formally, but he's now an adjunct to the Board, which means he can sit in on board meetings.
"It will be fun. I was asked a few weeks ago if I was interested in being something of a sounding board. It will be fun for me to learn more about the business and how things work. I have children in the organization," says the Detroit icon to vlt.se.
President Johan Fagerblad, who was elected for another year, was pleased by the recruitment.
And the Committee and chairperson Thomas Cajander was behind the board's signings of "Lidas" and Rolf Hansen.
"We need someone on the board who really knows hockey, who's been in the locker room and can gauge the atmosphere there. Fredrik Nilsson couldn't continue due to a lack of time, and then we thought a little and Nicklas wanted to join. And he knows hockey, everyone knows that."
"The selection committee has done a great job," says Fagerblad.
Reactions from elsewhere in the organization were of the same caliber when the bombshell news struck.
"It's really great. His hockey skills were of course enormous. It's inspiring for our players. I don't know how they've imagined his role to be, but just to get his name in the organization will provide a ripple effect," says Fredrik Johansson.
Lidstrom probably isn't going to become a professional hockey coach or a hockey bigwig any time soon--he's still coaching his kids--and he remains both a scout and something of a consultant-at-large to the Red Wings, so there's no need to worry about the Wings "losing" Lidstrom, period, but this is an intriguing step for Lidstrom to take, and I hope he enjoys it.
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