Nicklas Lidstrom has played 20 seasons in the NHL, and while we all hope this is a big joke, it certainly appears as though the future Hall of Fame defenseman has played his final game. The Detroit Red Wings have called a press conference at 11 a.m. ET on Thursday, and it's expected that Lidstrom will step away from the game at that press conference.
NHL Network will carry the proceedings live, as will NHL.com. Following the press conference on NHL Network, an encore presentation of NHL 36, the league-produced documentary series that follows players for 36 hours during the season, featuring Lidstrom will be broadcast.
There's no doubt that it will be a sad day in Detroit as one of the best defensemen to ever play the game hangs up the skates.