A Legend Calls It a Career
We will never see a player like him again. After 20 seasons in the NHL, Nicklas Lidstrom is calling it a career.
Drafted in 1989 53rd overall, Lidstrom became one of the greatest defencemen of all time. His on ice vision and overall smart play led to the nickname "The Perfect Human." In his career, he played 1564 games, scoring 264 goals, 878 assists for 1142 points. His career plus minus is a whopping +450.
Lidstrom all but owned the Norris Trophy, winning it seven times, including six in sevevn seasons and his last as a 41 year old as a minus player. He has won four Stanley Cups; in 1997, 1998, 2002 (where he won the Conn Smythe Trophy) and 2008 as the first ever European born captain to win the Cup. He never missed the playoffs in his entire career.
The list of achievements goes on and on; Olympic Gold Medal, 12 time all star, a member of the Triple Gold Club (Stanley Cup, World Championship, Olympic Gold Medal). He holds more records than I can count on my fingers and toes all time and with the Red Wings.
If that doesn't make you feel warm and fuzzy, you aren't a hockey fan.
Right now, Ican't explain personally how I feel, so this blog is going to be brief. I'm sure I'll have more to say about Lidstrom but right now it's a little difficult to find words, but I'll try.
Nick Lidstrom was the most valuable player for his team ever. We as Red Wings fans were spoiled to have such a great leader and player on the ice night after night. While some other fans got to see their players, we got to see Lidstrom. It never got old, and now the time has come for him to njoy retirement. He will certainly be missed by everyone in hockey. Thanks for the great memories Nick.