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Wings gather to say 'Thanks, Nick'

No. 5 retired by Detroit to honor defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom

Updated: March 7, 2014, 12:14 AM ET
By Craig Custance | ESPN The Magazine

DETROIT -- There are countless stories that articulate why those describing Nicklas Lidstrom typically start by saying he's an even better man than he was a player.

This particular one includes a media exchange, because that's where we interacted with him the most.

It was the playoffs and the Red Wings had just lost. Memory suggests that it was during Detroit's 2009 run to the Stanley Cup finals, but there were so many postseason games during his reign in Detroit that they ...

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