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.