|Assets:||Used his superior hockey intelligence and skill to dominate the game. An outstanding passer, he also had an incredibly accurate shot from the point. Played a calm and very efficient game in the defensive zone. Thrived with lots of ice time. Was also a great lateral skater.|
|Flaws:||Was not a physical player by any stretch of the imagination, which limited his level of defensive dominance. Started to wear down a little bit towards the end of his brilliant career because of years of logging tons of ice time for the Red Wings.|
|Career Potential:||One of the all-time great NHL defensemen.|
|NHL||Stanley Cup||2007-08 (Detroit), 2001-02 (Detroit), 1997-98 (Detroit), 1996-97 (Detroit)|
|NHL||James Norris Memorial Trophy||2010-11, 2007-08, 2006-07, 2005-06, 2002-03, 2001-02, 2000-01|
|NHL||First All-Star Team||2010-11, 2007-08, 2006-07, 2005-06, 2002-03, 2001-02, 2000-01, 1999-00, 1998-99, 1997-98|
|NHL||Second All-Star Team||2009-10, 2008-09|
|NHL||Conn Smythe Trophy||2001-02|
|NHL||Named to play in the NHL All-Star Game||2010-11, 2008-09 (did not play), 2007-08, 2006-07, 2003-04, 2002-03, 2001-02, 2000-01, 1999-00, 1998-99, 1997-98, 1995-96|
|Olympic||Olympic Gold Medal||2006 (Sweden)|
|5/31/2012||Announced his retirement.|
|3/24/2012||Missed 11 games (ankle injury).|
|2/28/2012||Ankle injury, day-to-day.|
|1/31/2012||Missed 1 game (flu).|
|6/20/2011||Re-signed by the Detroit Red Wings to a one-year contract.|
|6/01/2010||Re-signed by the Detroit Red Wings to a one-year contract.|
|5/30/2009||Missed 2 playoff games (lower body injury).|
|5/24/2009||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|1/26/2009||Suspended by the NHL for one game.|
|1/01/2009||Missed 2 games (left ankle injury).|
|12/27/2008||Left ankle injury, day-to-day.|
|3/09/2008||Missed 6 games (sprained right knee).|
|2/19/2008||Sprained right knee, early March.|
|12/26/2007||Re-signed by the Detroit Red Wings to a two-year contract extension.|
|4/07/2007||Missed 1 game (sore back).|
|4/05/2007||Sore back, day-to-day.|
|4/03/2007||Missed 1 game (lower back strain).|
|3/31/2007||Lower back strain, day-to-day.|
|6/30/2006||Re-signed by the Detroit Red Wings to a two-year contract.|
|4/03/2004||Re-signed by the Detroit Red Wings to a two-year contract extension.|
|4/10/2002||Missed 3 games (groin).|
|4/01/2002||Missed 1 game (groin).|
|6/17/1989||Drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the 3rd round (53rd overall) in 1989.|
Red Wings retire Nicklas Lidstrom's number | 03/07/2014 10:24 AM
NewsNicklas Lidstrom had his No. 5 jersey retired by the Red Wings on Thursday night.
Detroit Free Press
ImpactThe 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.
Lidstrom to skate for Wings in Alumni game | 09/21/2013 9:45 AM
NewsNicklas Lidstrom will play for the Red Wings' alumni team in a Winter Classic contest against the Maple Leafs.
ImpactThe 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.
Red Wings to retire Lidstorm's number March 6 | 08/01/2013 2:08 PM
NewsThe Detroit Red Wings will retire Nicklas Lidstrom's No. 5 on March 6 before a game against the Colorado Avalanche.
Red Wings on Twitter
ImpactLidstrom 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.
Nicklas Lidstrom won't restart playing career | 02/15/2013 2:25 PM
NewsNicklas Lidstrom hasn't been tempted to back away from his retirement and return for another season.
Impact"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.
Wings will wait to retire Lidstrom's number | 01/10/2013 11:33 AM
NewsNicklas Lidstrom's number will not be retired this season.
Detroit Free Press
ImpactDue 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.
Lidstrom won't back down from retirement | 01/09/2013 5:25 PM
NewsDetroit coach Mike Babcock talked to Nicklas Lidstrom on Tuesday and the future Hall of Fame defenseman doesn't plan on reconsidering his retirement.
Impact"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.
|Did not play||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||0.0|
|2004-05||Did not play||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||0.0|
|Games||84||2 times-last: 1993-94 (Det)|
|Penalty Minutes||50||2005-06 (Det)|
|Power Play Goals||10||2 times-last: 2008-09 (Det)|
|Shorthanded Goals||4||1999-00 (Det)|
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