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With Yzerman gone, Wings name Lidstrom new captain

DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings selected defenseman
Nicklas Lidstrom as the team's captain Thursday night before their season
opener against the Vancouver Canucks.

Lidstrom succeeds Steve Yzerman, who wore the "C" for Detroit
for the last 19 seasons before retiring in July.

In his 16 seasons with the Red Wings, the 36-year-old Lidstrom
has won three Stanley Cups, four Norris Trophies and the Conn
Smythe Trophy as MVP of the Stanley Cup playoffs in 2002.

He received a standing ovation from the crowd at Joe Louis Arena
when he was introduced Thursday. The ceremonial faceoff featured
Vancouver captain Markus Naslund, Lidstrom and Yzerman, who last
month was named a Red Wings vice president.

Lidstrom is the first European captain in franchise history.