Lidstrom to play in Winter Classic alumni game

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Nicklas Lidstrom will be back in a Detroit Red Wings uniform for the 2014 Winter Classic Alumni Showdown versus the Toronto Maple Leafs on Dec. 31 at Comerica Park.

The Red Wings made the announcement today.

“I’m really looking forward to the Winter Classic and being a part of something like that again, and to play with some of my former teammates when I played back in 90s and early 2000s,” said Lidstrom. “It’ll be exciting. I’m looking forward to the big game too when the Wings and the Leafs lace them up.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to play again.”

One of the greatest defenseman of all time, Lidstrom retired following the 2011-12 season after a career that featured, among many other things, seven Norris Trophy awards.

We’re setting the over/under on standing-ovation time at five minutes.

Click here for other alumni who’ve committed to the game.

Related: Wings to retire Lidstrom’s number on March 6, 2014