DETROIT >> Here’s a statement released by the Wings from owner Mike Ilitch:
“While Marian and I would love to be there, we won’t be at tomorrow’s jersey retirement for Nick Lidstrom. This past year, I had a medical procedure that has kept me out of the spotlight for awhile. I feel much better now, and I’m stronger every day. While we may not attend every event, we never miss a game on TV and are very involved in all our businesses every day from home and the office.
“We want to congratulate Nick, his wife Annika, and their family on this honor. He’s very deserving and were so proud and fortunate to have had him as a part of the Red Wings family for more than 20 years. We thank him with all our hearts.”