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Nicklas Lidstrom | Defenseman

Team: Detroit Red Wings
Age / DOB:  (43) / 4/28/1970
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 193
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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. Mar 7 - 10:24 AM

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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.
Source: NHL.com
Thu, May 31, 2012 12:48:00 PM

If Nicklas Lidstrom announces his retirement on Thursday, and it's very likely that he will do so, he will have led every Red Wings team he's ever played for to the playoffs.

Among his many great accomplishments, the Detroit Red Wings success during his team is one of his finest. Lidstrom won the Stanley Cup four times and he played a significant role in all of those runs. He's participated in 263 playoff contests, second only to Chris Chelios, who continued to play well into his late 40s.
Thu, May 31, 2012 10:15:00 AM

Nicklas Lidstrom and Detroit GM Ken Holland will meet with the media at a news conference Thursday and according to reports it will be to announce his retirement.

The 42-year-old just completed his 20th NHL campaign with the Red Wings in 2011-12. If he calls it a career then he will go down as one of the top defenders to ever play the game.
Source: TSN.ca
Wed, May 30, 2012 03:53:00 PM

Nicklas Lidstrom isn't ready to make a decision regarding his future.

"I've been taking my time and I haven't really gotten to that process yet," said Lidstrom on Friday. "I haven't really gotten any closer to a decision." Red Wings GM Ken Holland is hoping that Lidstrom will reach a decision by mid-June so that Detroit can factor it into their free agency plans. Lidstrom indicated that he'll make his decision by then.
Sat, May 19, 2012 09:59:00 AM

Detroit GM Ken Holland will meet with veteran defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom in the next few weeks.

Lidstrom is contemplating retirement as well he should be at the age of 42, but he could return for another season as his skill level is still top ten in the NHL among defensemen and possibly higher than that. He should decide by mid-June. If he decides to retire, his next stop will be the Hall of Fame.
Fri, May 11, 2012 07:41:00 AM

Nicklas Lidstrom was not one of the three nominees for the James Norris Trophy this season.

Lidstrom has won seven Norris Trophy's and is second all-time to Bobby Orr who won eight. Lidstrom has 34 points in 70 games this season to go with a plus-21 rating but did not deserve to be in the top three as Erik Karlsson, Shea Weber and Zdeno Chara were better this season. Lidstrom is contemplating retirement this off-season so this could have been his last chance to tie Orr.
Fri, Apr 27, 2012 06:45:00 AM

Red Wings GM Ken Holland is hoping that Nicklas Lidstrom will come to a decision about his future by mid-June.

That would allow Detroit to know where Lidstrom stands before the NHL entry draft and free agent period. "I'm hoping Nick comes back," Holland said. "He told me he's not sure. Which, to me, that's a good thing." Lidstrom will turn 42 on Saturday, but he's still capable of contributing.
Wed, Apr 25, 2012 10:17:00 AM

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