DETROIT — And now there is one.
With the retirement of Lidstrom, Tomas Holmstrom is the last of five Wings who have played on all four of Detroit’s Stanley Cup championship teams since 1997.
“It’s been so much fun, it’s a sad day, but he’s had a great career and he’s played against all of the best players for 20 years, but it’s come to an end,” said Holmstrom, who sat in the second row and watched intently as Lidstrom announced his retirement. “Detroit has been fortunate to have him here and everyone is fortunate that he put on the Red Wings jersey for 20 years.”
The other four players on the distinctive list are Kris Draper, who retired last season, Kirk Maltby and Darren McCarty.
Holmstrom could be the next added to the list of retirees.
“It’s probably coming soon, I have to figure it out and I really don’t know right now,” Holmstrom said when asked about next season. “I go back and forth and try to figure out my body.
“I’m going to miss him, but it’s going to come down to if I really want to play and if I’ve still got it, those are the main reasons,” Holmstrom added. “I’ll never go anywhere else. I’d rather retire before that.”
Holmstrom and Lidstrom were almost inseparable on game days, from driving to the rink together to eating pre-game meals.
“You look in that dressing room, from the guys that have won the Cup since ’97 and those remaining were Homer and Nick,” Draper said. “A lot of character and a lot of success has left that dressing room. But with that said, there are some great players left in that room as well. They’ve learned from the best. Steve Yzerman, Nick Lidstrom and Chris Chelios showed the way now it’s time for (Henrik Zetterberg), (Niklas Kronwall), (Pavel) Datsyuk and (Valtteri) Filppula to pass it on. That’s how this organization has been so I guess the torch as been passed and they have to go with it now.”