Red Wings to retire Lidstrom's number

The Detroit Red Wings will recognize one of their greatest players when they retire the No. 5 of defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom.

A ceremony honoring the former captain is planned for March 6 against the Colorado Avalanche.

Lidstrom, 43, will join No. 1 (Terry Sawchuk), No. 7 (Ted Lindsay), No. 9 (Gordie Howe), No. 10 (Alex Delvecchio), No. 12 (Sid Abel) and No. 19 Steve Yzerman as retired Wings jerseys. Wayne Gretzky's No. 99 is also retired Detroit, as well as every other franchise.

Lidstrom retired after the 2011-12 season after spending his entire 20-year career with Detroit. One of the all-time hockey greats, he has won four Stanley Cups with Detroit. He's also one of two players -- Doug Harvey is the other -- to win seven Norris Trophies, which is awarded annually to the league's top defenseman. Bobby Orr won the award a record eight consecutive times.

The native of Sweden holds an NHL record by playing 1,564 games with one team.