Red Wings hire Nicklas Lidstrom, VP of hockey operations and a great franchise executive

The Detroit Red Wings have hired Nicklas Lundstrom to be vice president of hockey operations on Tuesday. This is a tribute to one of the greatest players in the league.

Steve Yzerman, the general manager, said that his ex-teammate will be based back in Sweden and help him in all aspects of running the organization. Lidstrom will be responsible for evaluating Red Wings players, as well as other NHL teams in Europe and the AHL, as well as at amateur level.

Detroit selected Lidstrom as the No. In 1989, Detroit selected Lidstrom as the 53rd overall pick. He played his 20 NHL seasons for the franchise and became one of the most respected defencemen in history. To Bobby Orr’s record of eight, he won seven Norris Trophies.

Lidstrom retired from hockey in 2012 and his No. In 2012, Lidstrom retired. His No. 5 Red Wings jersey was also raised two years later. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2015.

The 12-time All-Star was instrumental in Detroit winning four Stanley Cups between 1997 and 2008. He became the first captain of an NHL Championship team that was born in Europe. After helping the Swedes win Olympic Gold in 2006, he was also awarded a spot in Triple Gold Club.