April 28, 1970 |
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)|
|Played for||Västeras IK (SEL/HA)
Detroit Red Wings (NHL)
|NHL Draft||53rd overall, 1989
Detroit Red Wings
Nicklas Erik Lidström (born April 28, 1970) is a retired Swedish professional ice hockey defenceman who played 20 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Detroit Red Wings, which he captained for the final six seasons of his career. Lidstrom is often referred to as Mr. Perfect or The Perfect Human.
Over his 20 NHL seasons, Lidström won four Stanley Cups, seven James Norris Memorial Trophies as the NHL's top defensive player, one Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP, and was voted into twelve NHL All-Star Games. Over the course of his career, Lidström became the first European-born and trained NHL captain to win the Stanley Cup, as well as the first European player named playoff MVP. Lidström is also the all-time leader in games played with only one NHL team and by a European-born player. Lidström never missed the postseason in any of his 20 NHL seasons.
Representing Sweden, Lidström won the World Championship in 1991. At the 2006 Winter Olympics, Lidström was a major factor in Sweden's win over Finland in the finals, scoring the gold medal clinching goal, thus earning him a spot on the Olympic All-Star Team. He also became the 17th member of the Triple Gold Club. The Hockey News selected Lidström as the "Best European-trained player ever in the NHL". The Sporting News and Sports Illustrated selected Lidström as the "NHL Player of the Decade".
Lidström is considered one of the top defenseman of all time and a legend of the game, as indicated by his numerous Norris Trophies as the NHL's best defenseman three consecutive seasons from 2000–01 to 2002–03 and again from 2005–06 to 2007–08. He had been nominated for the award a total of twelve times in his last fourteen seasons, the first three times finishing as the runner-up, and won it in seven of his last ten (2004–05 had no winner due to the NHL lockout). In fourteen consecutive seasons (since 1995–96), he finished no worse than 6th place in Norris Trophy voting.
Lidström played all of his 20 NHL seasons for the Detroit Red Wings. He was a member of four Stanley Cup winning teams in 1996–97, 1997–98, 2001–02 and 2007–08. With the exception of the lockout year, Lidström has been on a team in the playoffs in every season since his rookie year of 1991–92, which adds up to an NHL record 20 consecutive playoff seasons (shared with Larry Robinson).
Known for his durability, Lidström consistently ranked amongst the top in the NHL in ice time per game. He averaged 28:07 minutes in the 2005–06 season, a career high. He won three consecutive Norris Trophies, from 2001 to 2003, becoming the first defenseman since Bobby Orr to win three straight. In the 2003–04 season, he played in his 1,000th game of his career, having missed only 17 games in 12½ seasons (1994–95 was shortened to 48 games instead of the usual 82 by a labor dispute).
Never a big and bruising defender, many experts say that the secret behind Lidström's consistent game is his ability to read the game; this, combined with his excellent skating ability, allows him to be at the right spot of the ice at the right time. Instead of delivering a big body check, Lidström prefers to steal the puck and create a turnover. His reliance on brains rather than brawn might explain his lack of injuries, and also his low penalty minute totals. For most of his NHL career, he has studiously avoided drawing penalties, although the introduction of many new rules in 2005–06 saw him rack up his career high (50) in penalty minutes. The 2005–06 season also brought him his career high of 80 points (16 goals, 64 assists).
Lidström began his career in Avesta, Sweden, playing with Skogsbo SK, before moving on to play with VIK Västerås HK of the Swedish Elitserien. In three seasons with the team, he played in 103 games, scoring 12 goals and 30 assists. Drafted by the Detroit Red Wings 53rd overall in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft, Lidström joined the team in the 1991–92 NHL season, though he returned to play for Västerås IK for a brief period during the 1994–95 NHL lockout. Lidström scored 60 points in his rookie season, finishing second to Pavel Bure in voting for that year's Calder Trophy. He was selected to the 1992 NHL All-Rookie Team along with fellow Red Wings defenceman Vladimir Konstantinov.
NHL career (1991–2012)
Lidström was set to make $10 million during the 2005–06 season, but because of the new NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement created during the 2004-2005 NHL season, salaries on pre-existing contracts were reduced by 24%, which lowered his compensation to $7.6 million. That season, he posted career high 64 assists and 80 points to go with 16 goals.
On June 30, 2006, it was announced that Lidström had signed a two-year, $15.2 million contract with the Red Wings; instead of seeking more money elsewhere—certainly possible for a defenseman of his caliber, especially considering his stellar numbers in the past season—Lidström decided to remain with Detroit for the same annual salary as he earned during the 2005–06 season.
Lidström was an alternate captain of the Red Wings since the 1997–98 season, and was awarded the captaincy after the 2006 retirement of long-time Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman. It was an honor made more special by the fact that he became the first European captain in franchise history. In his first year of captaincy, Lidström led the Red Wings to the conference finals, but lost to eventual Stanley Cup champions, the Anaheim Ducks. In the off-season, Lidström joined an elite group by capturing the Norris Trophy as the League's outstanding defenseman for the fifth time. Lidström became the fourth defenseman in league history with as many as five Norris Trophy wins, joining Hockey Hall of Fame members Bobby Orr (eight), Doug Harvey (seven), and Ray Bourque (five).
Near the beginning of the 2007–08 season, in an October 8 win against the Edmonton Oilers, Lidström registered two assists, passing Peter Forsberg as the second-highest scoring Swedish-born NHL player of all-time. He trails only Mats Sundin (as of the end of the 2011–12 season, Lidström has 1,142 points to Sundin's 1,349). Later in the season, on December 26, Lidström signed a contract extension through the 2009–10 season. Several months later, on April 3, 2008, he assisted on a goal by Johan Franzén to tie Luc Robitaille at 42nd all-time with 726 assists.
Entering the playoffs as Presidents' Trophy winners, the Red Wings met the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals. Despite a game five, triple-overtime victory by the Penguins to stave off elimination, Lidström and the Red Wings defeated Pittsburgh in game six to capture the Stanley Cup. In doing so, Lidström became the first European-born-and-trained captain to win the Stanley Cup. In 1934, Charlie Gardiner, a goalie born in Scotland had captained the Chicago Black Hawks to win the Stanley Cup and in 1938, Johnny Gottselig, a left winger born in Russia also captained Chicago to a championship, but both players were trained in Canada.
Just over a week after winning his fourth Stanley Cup in eleven seasons, on June 12, Lidström won the Norris Trophy for the third straight season and the sixth time in seven seasons.
As the Red Wings opened the 2008–09 pre-season against the Montreal Canadiens, Lidström suffered a broken nose as a shot from Canadiens forward Christopher Higgins ricocheted and hit him in the face. From then on he began wearing a visor. He returned in time for the regular season and was selected to the 2009 NHL All-Star Game in Montreal. However, in the midst of dealing with tendinitis that had been bothering him all season, Lidström chose to sit out All-Star weekend, along with Pavel Datsyuk. Consequently, Lidström and Datsyuk were both suspended one game by the NHL due to league policy for missing the All-Star Game without significant injury.
The Red Wings opened the 2009–10 season in Stockholm, Sweden. During the team's trip in Sweden, Lidström was honored by his home county as an Ambassador of Honor. On October 15, 2009, in a game against the Los Angeles Kings, Lidström became the first European-born defenceman to reach 1,000 points with 2 assists in the game. He is the fourth player to score 1,000 points as a Detroit Red Wing (after Gordie Howe, Alex Delvecchio, and Steve Yzerman), and the eighth defenseman to do so in the history of the NHL. On March 5, 2010 Lidström got his 800th career assist. Also during the 2009-2010 season, Lidström played in his 1,395th game (finishing the season with 1,412), setting an all-time record for NHL games played by a player born in Europe; earlier in the season, Lidström had passed Teppo Numminen for games played by a player trained in Europe. Lidström is also fourth-all time in games played in a Red Wings uniform, behind Howe, Delvecchio, and Yzerman, all forwards.
On April 23, 2010, Lidström played in his 237th career playoff game, moving past Mark Messier into sole possession of third place on the NHL's all-time list (Chris Chelios 266; Patrick Roy 247). In the same game, he had an assist to tie Al MacInnis (121) for the third most assists in the postseason by a defenseman (Ray Bourque 139; Paul Coffey 137).
On April 27, 2010, a day before his 40th birthday, Lidström had 3 points in a game 7 win over the Phoenix Coyotes in the first round of the 2010 NHL playoffs, pushing his active playoff points lead to 171 points, and tying him for 17th on the all-time playoff points list with fellow countryman Peter Forsberg.
As of the end of the 2009-10 season, Lidström has missed only 28 of a possible 1,440 regular-season team games (1 because of suspension).
After contemplating whether or not to retire, Lidström agreed on a 1-year contract with the Red Wings on June 1, 2010. The contract has paid him slightly over $6 million.
On December 15, 2010, Lidström recorded his first career hat trick, at 40 years of age, against the St. Louis Blues, sealing a 5-2 victory. After the game, he was asked how it feels to score his first hat trick, responding, "It feels great, I've never in my life been able to notch 3 goals in a game". The hat trick made him the oldest player in NHL history to record his first hat trick (previously held by Scott Mellanby at 36 years old), and the oldest defenseman in NHL history to record a hat trick (previously held by Mathieu Schneider at 37 years old).
On January 18, 2011, Lidström was named the captain of the 2011 NHL All-Star Game In Raleigh, North Carolina. His team won by a final score of 11-10 over Team Staal, captained by Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes. Lidström finished +7 with one assist.
On June 20, 2011, after briefly contemplating retirement yet again, Lidström signed a one-year contract worth $6.2 million with the Detroit Red Wings the same amount he had been paid the previous season. On June 23, 2011 he won his 7th Norris trophy tying with Doug Harvey and one behind Bobby Orr for most Norris Trophies.
On October 22, 2011, in a game against the Washington Capitals, became the 14th player in the history of the NHL to play 1,500 games. He is the first player not being born in North-America and therefore the first Swedish and European player as well as the first player to accomplish this in only his 20th season. Lidström played in his 1,550th game on February 12, 2012 against the Philadelphia Flyers, surpassing Alex Delvecchio's previous Red Wings' record of 1,549 games. This also makes him the NHL player who has played the most games while always playing for the same NHL team (Gordie Howe played more games - 1,687 - with the Red Wings but also played for the Hartford Whalers in one season). In this regard, Lidström joins former Red Wings Alex Delvecchio and Steve Yzerman as the only 3 players with over 1,500 games having played exclusively for just one team throughout their careers.
On May 31, 2012, Lidström announced his retirement from the NHL via a press conference with team owner Mike Ilitch and general manager Ken Holland present. The night before, he told the Swedish tabloid Expressen, "I came to the decision last week and I informed our general manager Ken Holland". Discussing Lidstrom's retirement, former teammate Steve Yzerman described Lidstrom as "one of the all-time best defensemen to ever play". Paul Coffey said, "he was an incredible player" while Chris Chelios said, "there's been guys who are great players, but no one's better than Nick. As good? Yes. But this is as big as it gets. He's one of the best athletes ever and...if you're going to talk about someone who's perfect, Nick's pretty darn close to being perfect.". Washington Capitals defenceman John Carlson described Lidstrom as "one of the game's all time greats on and off the ice". Ken Holland stated his belief that Lidstrom was "the most valuable player of his era".
The following weekend, on June 3, 2012, Lidström and his wife took out a full-page ad giving thanks to the city of Detroit for making his family feel at home for the past 21 years. On July 8, 2012, Lidstrom was named a scout for the Red Wings.
During the 2013-14 season, Lidström had his #5 retired by the Red Wings. Initially ceremonies were planned for the previous season on February 5, 2013, however, the lockout had made it hard to determine when Lidström would able to attend the ceremony. The Red Wings officially retired his number on March 6, 2014, in a pre-game ceremony at Joe Louis Arena.
|Competitor for Sweden|
|Silver||2004 Czech Republic|
Following his rookie season with the Red Wings, he earned his first gold medal with Sweden at the 1991 World Championships. Three years later, he competed in the 1994 World Championships in Italy and won a bronze medal. Two years later, he participated in the inaugural 1996 World Cup of Hockey (successor of the Canada Cup) and contributed 3 points in 4 games. He made his Olympic debut with Sweden at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano.
Four years later was his next international appearance, playing in his second Olympics at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, where Sweden was upset by Belarus in the quarterfinal after being heavy favorites in the round-robin. Lidström made his third World Championships appearance in 2004, but only appeared in 2 games. That summer, he also competed in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey where he scored 1 goal.
In the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Lidström helped Sweden avenge their quarterfinal upset to Belarus in Salt Lake City, scoring the game winning goal in the gold medal game against Finland. In doing so, Lidström became a member of the Triple Gold Club, adding an Olympic gold medal to go with his previous Stanley Cups with Detroit, and his World Championship gold medal in 1991. Lidström was also selected to the 2010 Olympic All-Star Team.
Lidström also played for Sweden in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver serving as team captain in what would be his final Olympics. Lidström announced his retirement from Olympic competition following Sweden's loss to Slovakia.
Nicklas is married to Annika, with whom he has 4 children. Their oldest, Kevin (born 1994), is currently a defenseman for Swedish Division 1 team IFK Arboga, while Adam (born 1996) plays in the Allsvenskan league with VIK Västerås (a team his father also played for as a teenager). Lidstrom also has two younger sons: Samuel (born in 2000) and Lucas (born in 2003).
Nicklas was featured on an episode of NHL 36.
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|1991–92||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||80||11||49||60||36||22||11||1||2||3||−5||0|
|1992–93||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||84||7||34||41||7||28||7||1||0||1||−2||0|
|1993–94||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||84||10||46||56||43||26||7||3||2||5||4||0|
|1994–95||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||43||10||16||26||15||6||18||4||12||16||4||8|
|1995–96||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||81||17||50||67||29||20||19||5||9||14||2||10|
|1996–97||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||79||15||42||57||11||30||20||2||6||8||12||2|
|1997–98||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||80||17||42||59||22||18||22||6||13||19||12||8|
|1998–99||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||81||14||43||57||14||14||10||2||9||11||0||4|
|1999–00||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||81||20||53||73||19||18||9||2||4||6||−6||4|
|2000–01||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||82||15||56||71||9||18||6||1||7||8||1||0|
|2001–02||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||78||9||50||59||13||20||23||5||11||16||6||2|
|2002–03||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||82||18||44||62||40||38||4||0||2||2||−1||0|
|2003–04||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||81||10||28||38||19||18||12||2||5||7||4||4|
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|2005–06||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||80||16||64||80||21||50||6||1||1||2||−4||2|
|2006–07||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||80||13||49||62||40||46||18||4||14||18||0||6|
|2007–08||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||76||10||60||70||40||40||22||3||10||13||8||14|
|2008–09||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||78||16||43||59||31||30||21||4||12||16||11||6|
|2009–10||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||82||9||40||49||23||24||12||4||6||10||7||4|
|2010–11||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||82||16||46||62||−2||20||11||4||4||8||8||4|
|2011–12||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||70||11||23||34||21||28||5||0||0||0||0||0|
- World Championship gold medal winner (Sweden, 1991).
- NHL All-Rookie Team (1992).
- 4-time Stanley Cup winner (1997, 1998, 2002, and 2008).
- 12-time NHL All-Star (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009*, 2011).
- 10-time NHL First All-Star Team member (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011).
- 2-time NHL Second All-Star Team member (2009 and 2010).
- 7-time Norris Trophy winner (2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011).
- Conn Smythe Trophy winner (2002).
- Olympic gold medal winner (Sweden, 2006); Lidström became a member of the Triple Gold Club with this win.
- Olympic All-Star Team (2006).
- 2-time Viking Award winner (2000 and 2006).
- Inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame – 2014
- Detroit Red Wings #5 retired on March 6, 2014
*did not attend
All records are as of the end of the 2011–12 regular season unless otherwise noted.
- First European-born and trained Norris Trophy winner (2000–01).
- First European-born and trained Conn Smythe Trophy winner (2001–02).
- Fourth defenseman (and first European-born and trained defenseman) in NHL to win James Norris Memorial Trophy three years running (2001–2003, 2006–2008), and third seven-time Norris Trophy winner.
- First European-born and trained captain of a Stanley Cup-winning team (2008).
- First European-born and trained defenceman to reach 1,000 points.
- Sixth defenceman (and 28th player overall) to reach 855 career assists.
- Most regular season games played by a player born in Europe, any position (1,564).
- Most regular season games played by a player in a career spent with only one team (1,564).
- Most regular season wins played in (900).
- Most post season games played with single franchise, career (263)
- Most post season assists by defenceman with single franchise, career (129)
- Most post season points by defencemen with single franchise, career (183)
- Highest post season plus/minus, career (+61)
- Most post season power play goals by defencemen, career (30)
- Most post season shots on goal with single franchise, career (656)
- Oldest player ever to record his first hat trick (40 years, 210 days)
- Oldest defenceman ever to record a hat trick (40 years, 210 days)
- Oldest Norris Trophy winner (41 years, 57 days) (2010–2011)
Detroit Red Wings
- Points by a defenseman, season (2005–06, 80).
- Assists by a defenseman, season (2005–06, 64).
- Postseason goals by a defenseman, career (54).
- Post season power play goals, career (30).
- Power play goals by a defenseman, career (132)
- Postseason points by a defenseman, career (183).
- Postseason assists, career (129).
- Postseason games played, career (263).
- Games played by a defenseman, career (1,564).
- Goals, assists, and points by a defenseman, career (264, 878, and 1142).
- Goals in a single postseason by a defenseman (1998, 6).
- Best postseason plus/minus, career (+61).
- Best regular season plus/minus, career (+450).
- List of NHL players with 1000 points
- List of NHL players with 1000 games played
- List of Detroit Red Wings award winners
- List of Detroit Red Wings draft picks
- List of Detroit Red Wings records
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- "Video". CNN. January 12, 1998.
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