Nicklas Lidstrom originally wanted No. 9 when he arrived in Detroit

Leon Halip

Nicklas Lidstrom's No. 5 was retired in Detroit on Thursday night, and he shared the story on how he ended up with that number.

It was Nicklas Lidstrom night in Detroit on Thursday as the Red Wings honored their legendary defenseman by raising his No. 5 to the rafters of Joe Louis Arena, permanently placing him alongside the likes Gordie Howe, Sid Abel, Terry Sawchuck, Steve Yzerman and the rest of the franchise's all-time greats.

During his speech just prior to the raising of his banner, Lidstrom shared a story about how he ended up getting to wear that No. 5. It was a story that didn't seem to be very widely known. When he initially arrived in Detroit as a young player, and without knowing much about the history of the franchise, Lidstrom asked to wear the No. 9 he had previously worn in Sweden.

The problem with that, of course, is that No. 9 had previously belonged to Howe and had already long been retired by the time.

After that, he went on to forge his own identity as perhaps the most famous No. 5 in NHL history.

Along with the jersey retirement ceremony, his former teammates gave him a brand new truck and are also sending him on an African Safari.

Here are some of the highlights from the entire ceremony.

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