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Nick Skates with Nicklas Lidstrom

  • Nick sports his Red Wings gear with Nicklas Lidstrom

  • Nick plays hockey with Nicklas Lidstrom

  • Nick chats with Nicklas Lidstrom

  • Nick, his family and Nicklas Lidstrom

“ He goes home with armloads of autographs … and with renewed belief that anything can happen. ”

As Nick recovers from leukemia, he has something to keep him motivated: He knows his wish will come true when he’s well enough to travel. Then, he’ll skate with Nicklas Lidstrom, one of the greatest players to wear a Detroit Red Wings jersey.

It takes time – including nearly six months in the hospital. But the day of Nick’s Make-A-Wish® experience finally arrives. He’s loved hockey since he was just 5 years old. And why Lidstrom?

“I liked Lidstrom because we had the same name,” Nick says. “He’s been my favorite player ever since.”

The wish starts with a tour of Joe Louis Arena and VIP seats at the Red Wings’ morning skate. After the tour, Lidstrom astounds Nick with an invitation: Lace up your skates, Nick … you have to join the team out on the ice.

The players organize a shootout. Goalie Ty Conklin takes his place in the crease. Think you can score on him? Give it your best shot.

Nick steps up. Glides over the ice. Shifts to his backhand. Back to the forehand. Snaps the stick over in his wrists.

And raises his stick in triumph as the puck sails over the goal line.

A day later, the Red Wings treat Nick to seats at the next home game. He goes home with armloads of autographs … and with renewed belief that anything can happen. 

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Awesome wish Nick! I live very close to Hockeytown, and although the Red Wings lost this year, they're still a great team! Nick Lidstrom is one of my favorites too :) Although I would have to say my current favorite is Darren Helm. Hope you had a good time bud!

June 15, 2009 - 2:16 PM


Great wish Nick! Nicklas lidstrom is the greatest defenseman ever! The Red Wings are a Great team! I bet you your almost as good as Nicklas Lidstrom! My favorite player on the Red Wings is Henrik Zetterberg! Hope you get better soon!

December 02, 2009 - 2:10 PM


dude thts an awesome wish id do abt the same thing. hes one of my top fav players to but like josh below, darren helm is also my fav player i got his stick he used in the playoffs last yr thats the closest imma get to the team. its was the 8.0.8. i got it 2 months before it came out its currently up on my wall. but good luck with everything i gotta right an essay for school abt a charity and your wish is defanatly gonna be mentioned, but yeah good luck and have fun. goo wings

December 02, 2009 - 3:12 PM


I love the Red Wings so much so I got the mascot Al the Octopus tattooed on my arm. My favorite player is Zetterberg, although my #1 favorite is Chris Osgood. Feel better bud and I hope to see you at a game someday!!

July 07, 2015 - 11:46 AM

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