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The Chairman on Lidstrom (now with video thanks to RedWingsFeed on Twitter)

Updated at 6:46 PM: Via RedWingsFeed, NHL.com did post Lidstrom speaking on NHL Live: Here is what NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has to say about Nicklas Lidstrom:

COMMISSIONER BETTMAN STATEMENT ON THE RETIREMENT OF NICKLAS LIDSTROM

NEW YORK (May 31, 2012) – Gary Bettman, Commissioner of the National Hockey League, today released the following statement regarding the retirement of Detroit Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom:

“Nick Lidstrom’s trademarks were his respect for hockey, his humanity and his commitment to his craft—as well as his devotion to the highest standards of success. For so many seasons, Nick gave the very best to his team, his city and his League; as he moves on to the next stage of his life, we wish the very same for him and his family.”

I’m not sure whether Lidstrom’s appearance on NHL Live will be posted outside of its “podcast,” but here is Lidstrom speaking to NHL Live after his retirement:

Here are Darren Pang and Doug Weight discussing Lidstrom’s career…

 

Here’s the full retirement presser…

 

Here’s what he had to say to fans, via the Red Wings and Ken Kal…

 

And here is DetroitRedWings.com’s tribute to Lidstrom:

 

Update: Via RedWingsFeed, here is Bettman with Lidstrom on NHL Live:

 

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RWBill's avatar

And he takes the time to record a personal thank you directly to the fans.

I got puffy eyes watching him this morning.  And by that I mean I was wiping away excess moisture from the corners of my eyes. And by that I mean, well, you get it.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 05/31/12 at 09:09 PM ET

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Speaking from all Red Wings fans that I know….

shut up Bettman….you couldn’t even make sure Lidstrom’s name was spelled right at the NHL awards show.

Posted by dca from back in Mich (from vac at Disneyworld) on 05/31/12 at 11:38 PM ET

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