Nicklas Lidstrom returns to Red Wings as VP of hockey operations

The Detroit Red Wings hired franchise legend Nicklas Lidstrom as vice president of hockey operations Tuesday.

“Nick and I had a little bit of time to talk at the Hall of Fame induction in Toronto and when he returned back to Sweden we talked more about him getting back in to hockey,” Steve Yzerman said today.

Lidstrom joins Wings front office

The seven-time Norris Trophy winner and four-time Stanley Cup champion played his entire 20-year career in Detroit from 1991-2012. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2015.

Lidstrom, 51, will be involved in all aspects of hockey operations for the Red Wings, who have not been to the NHL playoffs since the 2015-16 season.

“I’m super excited to be back with the Wings,” Lidstrom said. “It’s been on my mind for a bit of time to get involved with hockey again, especially with the Wings.”

Executive vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman, Lidstrom’s teammate from 1991-2006, announced the hiring.

“It was a great opportunity to bring in a first class person to the Red Wings organization,” Yzerman stated.

–Field Level Media contributed to this report