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Hockeys1stlady: Lidstrom Calls It A Career



I fell in love with the game for many reasons, and Nick Lidstrom is one of those. I remember eons ago, watching a post-game scrum on TV, and Lidstrom was being asked about a Red Wings’ loss. It was one of the first times I saw the Swede off the ice. He was the epitome of class, and certainly still is. On Thursday, Lidstrom put down his stick and hung up those skates after 20 seasons in the NHL, all of which he played in Detroit. He fought back tears as he made the announcement. 

“Retiring today allows me to walk away with pride, rather than have the game walk away from me.”

The argument started to brew again Wednesday whether or not he was the best defenceman to ever play the game. I’m not going to go there, however, I will say he is near the top with his four Stanley Cups, and seven Norris Trophies. Lidstrom is the first European to win the Conn Smythe, and first European to captain a Stanley Cup champion team. Not too shabby, if I say so myself.

Lidstrom is a legend, and I salute him for one heck of a career. The Hockey Hall of Fame is waiting. 


  1. “Also, makes you wonder why Lidstrom opted to go, baecuse he s surely got bumps/bruises and a need for rest, too. Just throwing it out there, but my pessimistic snap judgement is maybe he s already in a farewell tour mindset.” I’m not so pessimistic. The reason seems simple to me. Each team is supposed to have a representative and with Datsyuk injured, the only real choices (even though I’d love to see Helm in the game) are Zetterberg or Lidstrom, and Detroit was probably given the choice between injured Zetterberg and old Lidstrom and they decided to sit injured Zetterberg. I’m also certain that the league is OK with letting someone with a nagging injury sit as long as there’s still someone from the team to put in the lineup. AND I have to assume the difference between now and 2009 is that Lidstrom and Datsyuk pulled out of the game AFTER they were named to the team rather than before.

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