The Detroit Red Wings will be postponing the retirement of Nicklas Lidstrom's jersey number until next season, according to a report by Ansar Kahn of Mlive.com on Tuesday morning.
Lidstrom walked away from professional hockey this past offseason after playing the entirety of his 20-year NHL career with the Red Wings.
The organization had originally planned to retire Lidstrom's number prior to the team's Feb. 5 contest against the Columbus Blue Jackets. With the 113-day lockout condensing the schedule, the club decided there wasn't enough time to properly prepare the event, in addition to the negativity surrounding the season.
Also, Lidstrom and his family now live in Sweden.
Lidstrom was named the team's captain in 2006 and was the first European born captain to win the Stanley Cup. Over the course of 1,564 career games, Lidstrom recorded 264 goals and 878 assists for a total of 1,142 points. He ended his career with four Stanley Cup championships and seven Norris Trophies as the league's best defenseman.
He will join the likes of Terry Sawchuk, Ted Lindsay, Gordie Howe, Alex Delvecchio, Sid Abel and Steve Yzerman as players who have had their number retired by Detroit.