Nicklas Lidstrom Retiring Thursday, According To Report

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 06: Nicklas Lidstrom #5 of the Detroit Red Wings in action during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on February 6, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Red Wings 3-1. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom will announce his retirement Thursday, according to a report.

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom will announce his retirement at a press conference Thursday, according to a report from TSN NHL analyst Aaron Ward.

The news was confirmed by Detroit Free Press reporter Helene St. James. In addition to Lidstrom, Red Wings Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland will also be present. Lidstrom, who was originally drafted by Detroit in the third round of the 1989 NHL draft, played 20 seasons with the Red Wings.

During his career in Detroit, Lidstrom won four Stanley Cups, seven James Norris trophies and one Conn Smythe trophy. He is also Detroit's career leader in goals, assists and points by a defenseman.

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