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Nicklas Lidstrom | Defenseman

Team: Detroit Red Wings
Age / DOB:  (48) / 4/28/1970
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 193
Drafted: 1989 / Rd. 3 (53) / Det
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Igor Larionov believes there will never be another player like Nicklas Lidstrom.
"Nick, it's once-in-a-lifetime when you get a chance to play with a guy like that," Larionov said. "He's all-around. I don't think there's any weaknesses in his game. He's not flashy like Sergei (Fedorov) but you know what, he's very efficient and it's so easy when he's on the ice, it's so calm. When the team is in a situation when you have to make a statement, Nick was always there, defensively and offensively. Lidstrom will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday night. Mon, Nov 9, 2015 07:48:00 PM

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Two of Nicklas Lidstrom's sons are participating in the Detroit Red Wings' developmental camp this weekend.

Lidstrom, of course, starred in the NHL as a defenseman for 20 years and is part of the 2015 class for the Hockey Hall of Fame. Adam Lidstrom is 19 years old and served as a forward with the SuperElit league's Vasteras. He had seven goals and 14 points in 40 contests. His older brother, Kevin Lidstrom, is a blueliner and recorded an assist in 22 contests in Hockeyettan, which is Sweden's third-tier league.
Sat, Jul 4, 2015 07:07:00 PM

As expected, Nicklas Lidstrom is part of the 2015 class for the Hockey Hall of Fame.

He was elected by a selection committee of 18 on Monday and will be inducted into the Hall on Nov. 9 in Toronto. His 20-year NHL career, all with the Red Wings, saw him play 1,564 games (fourth among defensemen) and he racked up 1,142 points. Lidstrom's trophy case includes four Stanley Cups, seven Norris Trophies, a Conn Smythe Trophy and an Olympic Gold Medal. He was a lock to be inducted and it is easy to see why he is considered one of the greatest defensemen ever. Joining Lidstrom in the Hall of Fame will be Sergei Fedorov, Chris Pronger, Phil Housley, Angela Ruggiero, Peter Karmanos and Bill Hay.
Mon, Jun 29, 2015 04:51:00 PM

Expect Nicklas Lidstrom to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame when the next class is announced on Monday.

Lidstrom played in 1564 games in his NHL career (all with Detroit) and he amassed 264 goals and 1142 points during that span. The now 45-year-old last played in 2011-12. Lidstrom won four Stanley Cups (1997, 1998, 2002 and 2008), as well as seven Norris Trophies, a Conn Smythe Trophy and an Olympic Gold Medal. He is clearly one of the greatest defenseman the NHL has ever seen.
Sun, Jun 28, 2015 02:01:00 PM

The NHL is using the same injury absence rule for the 2015 NHL All-Star Game as it did in 2012.

Meaning: if a player skips the ASG because of a claimed injury, he needs to miss his NHL team's next game, or face a fine. One might as well call it the "Nicklas Lidstrom rule," then.
Sat, Jan 10, 2015 01:01:00 PM

Nicklas Lidstrom turned down a coaching position from the Red Wings because of family reasons.

Head coach Mike Babcock reached out to Lidstrom in June, but his offer was declined. "It's true that he called and asked if I was interested in taking one of the spots as an assistant coach for the upcoming season," Lidstrom told Sweden's Sport Expressen over the weekend. "I was very proud of the offer, it was really flattering." He added that his decision to coach in the NHL could change down the road.
Source: Toronto Sun
Tue, Aug 26, 2014 11:27:00 AM

Nicklas Lidstrom had his No. 5 jersey retired by the Red Wings on Thursday night.

The seven-time Norris Trophy-winner joined the elite company of Steve Yzerman's 19, Gordie Howe's 9, Sid Abel's 12, Ted Lindsay's 7, Alex Delvecchio's 10 and Terry Sawchuk's 1 in the rafters of Joe Louis Arena. Lidstrom called the ceremony "a tremendous honor" and he delivered a heartfelt, well-written speech.
Fri, Mar 7, 2014 10:24:00 AM

Nicklas Lidstrom will play for the Red Wings' alumni team in a Winter Classic contest against the Maple Leafs.

The retired great will skate alongside other Hall of Fame Detroit players such as Mark Howe, Chris Chelios, Garry Unger and and Slava Fetisov as well as Chris Osgood, Mike Vernon, Brian Rafalski, Larry Murphy, Mickey Redmond and newly-retired Tomas Holmstrom. Lidstrom would still be the Wings' best defenseman if he were playing in the NHL right now.
Sat, Sep 21, 2013 09:45:00 AM

The Detroit Red Wings will retire Nicklas Lidstrom's No. 5 on March 6 before a game against the Colorado Avalanche.

Lidstrom resisted any temptation to return during the lockout-shortened 2013 campaign after retiring in May 2012. The Wings declined to retire his number this year because they thought the shortened season wouldn't allow them to give the event and Lidstrom their proper due.
Thu, Aug 1, 2013 02:08:00 PM

Nicklas Lidstrom hasn't been tempted to back away from his retirement and return for another season.

"Not to the point where I do this, come back," Lidstrom said. "I know how much fun playing is, but I also know what it takes to be there (on the ice) and that's something I can't do, be up to that level of play where I want to be and that's the reason I retired and I'm still retired." He went on to say that even if he had known that the 2012-13 campaign would be essentially cut in half due to the lockout, he still wouldn't have re-signed for one more season. Lidstrom will be remembered as one of the greatest defensemen of all-time, but his playing days are firmly behind him.
Fri, Feb 15, 2013 01:25:00 PM

Nicklas Lidstrom's number will not be retired this season.

Due to the shortened season, the Detroit Red Wings don't feel there's enough time to do the event justice. "We want to have a night for Nick like we did for Steve Yzerman," Red Wings GM Ken Holland said. "To try to put everything together in six weeks -- we're trying to get the business back up and running. It's a big deal to retire Nick's number. We want to do it right." Consequently, Lidstrom's number will be retired next season.
Thu, Jan 10, 2013 10:33:00 AM

Detroit coach Mike Babcock talked to Nicklas Lidstrom on Tuesday and the future Hall of Fame defenseman doesn't plan on reconsidering his retirement.

"First off, this is all a little blown out of proportion," Babcock said. "But we got to talking and I was asking Nick how his family was, how he was enjoying himself, and he said he was having a great time. He said he has been going to some (Swedish) Elite games recently, and it had gotten his blood racing again. But not to the point where he would be interested in putting his equipment on again." The 42-year-old ended his immaculate career following the 2011-12 season with 1,142 points and a plus-450 rating in 1,564 contests.
Wed, Jan 9, 2013 04:25:00 PM

Nicklas Lidstrom won't be able to help the Detroit Red Wings directly as a player next season, but he'll use his hockey knowledge as a scout.

Brendan Savage reports that Lidstrom will most likely work as a scout in Sweden, which isn't a huge surprise. This could be more than a gesture of gratitude because the team hasn't been landing quite as many European steals as they once did.
Sun, Jul 8, 2012 02:17:00 PM

The Red Wings engaged their fans in a novel promotion this past week.

They challenged them to honor recently retired future Hall of Fame defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom by paying tribute to him in sidewalk art. The winning artist will receive an autographed hockey puck. If you are around Detroit check out the sidewalks!
Sat, Jun 16, 2012 11:44:00 AM

Nicklas Lidstrom, 42, officially called it a career on Thursday after 20 NHL seasons.

"Retiring today allows me to walk away from the game with pride, rather than have the game walk away from me," said the future Hall of Fame defenseman. He racked up 1,142 points, fourth most in franchise history, in 1,564 career games. Lidstrom captured four Stanley Cups as a member of the Wings and he was awarded with Norris Trophy, as the league's best defenseman, seven times. He concludes his playing days with a plus-450 plus-minus rating, which ranks him eighth in league history. The talented defender was also as gentlemenly off the ice as was on it, picking up just 514 minutes in penalties in his career. Lidstrom also had 183 points in 263 career postseason contests. We wish him the best in his retirement.
Thu, May 31, 2012 12:48:00 PM

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