End of an era: Nicklas Lidstrom retires

1 06 2012
Nicklas Lidstrom was Detroit's third choice in...

Nicklas Lidstrom was Detroit’s third choice in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the greatest players who  donned the winged-wheel uniform retired today.  Niklas Lidstrom, arguably the best defender in his generation, hanged up his skates and retire from the Detroit Red Wings and the National Hockey League.  Lidstrom won four Stanley Cups at Detroit and he was won 7 Norris trophies as NHL’s best defender.

The 42 year old team captain played 20 season with the vaunted Red Wings. He played  1,564 games in the NHL, all with Detroit. He scored 264 goals along with 878 assists for a total of 1,142 career points.  Lidstrom also played in a team record 263 playoff games scoring 54 goals and having 129 assists for 183 total career playoff points.  The Red Wings played in the post season in all of Lidstrom’s 20 years with the team.

Niklas Lidstrom retired after having one of the most accomplished careers in NHL history or perhaps hockey history.  He was the first European team captain of a Stanley Cup Winner (2007-2008).   He competed in the Olympics 4 times and won a gold medal in 2006 after making the game winning goal in the gold medal match between his Sweden and Finland. He has won the Conn Smythe Trophy in the 2002 Stanley Cup conquest.

The retirement of Lidstrom will be create big hole in the Detroit Red Wings’ line-up.  Dubbed as “The Perfect Human” by teammates, the legendary Swede will be forever in Red Wings’ lore. Detroit will lose one of the most beloved players by the fans. No.5 will surely be missed! Good Luck Nick! We will never forget you!!