With Yzerman gone, Wings name Lidstrom new captain

Updated: October 5, 2006, 10:57 PM ET
Associated Press

DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings selected defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom as the team's captain Thursday night before their season opener against the Vancouver Canucks.

Niklas Lidstrom

Lidstrom succeeds Steve Yzerman, who wore the "C" for Detroit for the last 19 seasons before retiring in July.

In his 16 seasons with the Red Wings, the 36-year-old Lidstrom has won three Stanley Cups, four Norris Trophies and the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of the Stanley Cup playoffs in 2002.

He received a standing ovation from the crowd at Joe Louis Arena when he was introduced Thursday. The ceremonial faceoff featured Vancouver captain Markus Naslund, Lidstrom and Yzerman, who last month was named a Red Wings vice president.

Lidstrom is the first European captain in franchise history.

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