Originally written on Kukla's Korner  |  Last updated 10/24/14

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - OCTOBER 02: Nicklas Lidstrom of Detroit Red Wings looks during the 2009 Compuware NHL Premiere Stockholm match between Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis Blues at the Ericsson Globe on October 2, 2009 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
Holy crap, per Fox Sports Detroit’s Dana Wakiji: Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom bouth a full-page advertisement in the Sunday Detroit Free Press to thank fans! And I quote: A Message from Nick and Annika Lidstrom: This week, I announced my retirement from the Detroit Red Wings and professional hockey. Annika, our boys and I will be moving back to Sweden to be closer to our extended families. Before we leave, we wanted to express our gratitude to the wonderful people of Metro Detroit for adopting us and making us feel at home for the past 21 years. You made the transition to Detroit, coming from a foreign country and culture, amazingly easy. For this, we are extremely grateful. Detroiters—hockey fans or not—are downright decent and respectable people. Although we were born in Sweden, we have lived half our lives here and raised our boys in this community. We will always cherish our time spent here and are proud to claim that we are also from Detroit. Thank you! Nick and Annik...
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