Nicklas Lidström

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Nicklas Lidström
Geburtstag: 28. April 1970
Geburtsort: Västerås (Schweden)
Größe: 1,85 m
Gewicht: 86 kg
Position Verteidiger
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Gedrafted NHL Entry Draft 1989
Detroit Red Wings
Runde 3, Position 53
Sportliche Erfolge Stanley Cup 1997, 1998, 2002, 2008
Weltmeister 1991
Olympiasieger 2006
Karriere VIK Västerås HK
Detroit Red Wings

Nicklas "The Perfect Human" Lidström wurde am 28. April 1970 in Västerås (Schweden) geboren und ist ein ehemaliger Eishockeyspieler, der 20 Spielzeiten bei den Detroit Red Wings unter Vertrag stand. Lidström gilt als einer der besten Verteidiger in der Geschichte des Eishockeys. Er war der erste in Europa geborene Spieler, der als Captain den Stanley Cup gewann. Er gewann den Stanley Cup insgesamt viermal, wurde sieben Mal mit der James Norris Memorial Trophy ausgezeichnet, einmal mit der Conn Smythe Trophy und nahm 14 Mal beim NHL All-Star Game teil. Für die Lady Bing Trophy war Lidström fünfmal nominiert. Neben den Stanley Cup Siegen wurde Lidström 1991 Weltmeister und gewann 2006 auch Gold bei den Olympischen Spielen, was Lidström die Aufnahme in den Triple Gold Club einbrachte. Lidström hält auch den Rekord für die meisten Spiele für eine Franchise.

Am 31. Mai 2012 beendete Nicklas Lidström auf einer Pressekonferenz in Detroit offiziell seine aktive Spielerkarriere.


Karriere als Spieler

VIK Västerås HK

Nicklas Lidström begann seine Profikarriere bei Västerås IK, dem heutigen VIK Västerås HK. Sein erstes Jahr verbrachte der in der Allsvenskan und konnte beim Aufstieg in die Elitserien mitwirken. Das Talent Lidströms blieb auch der NHL nicht verborgen und so wurde er 1989 von den Detroit Red Wings in Runde 3 (Nummer 53) gedraftet.

Detroit Red Wings

Zur Saison 1991/92 wechselte Lidström zu den Red Wings und kam an der Seite seines Lehrmeisters Paul Coffey zu stattlichen 60 Punkten in 80 Hauptrundenspielen. Fortan war "The Perfect Human" in 20 NHL-Spielzeiten jeweils einer der besten Verteidiger in der NHL.


32.05.2012 DETROIT -- It was hard to believe, even with Nicklas Lidstrom speaking the words himself.

The guy the Detroit Red Wings nicknamed "The Perfect Human" – their captain for the past six seasons and a sure lock for Hall of Fame status – is officially hanging up his winged-wheel sweater and retiring after 20 remarkable years in the Motor City.

"Retiring today allows me to walk away from the game with pride, rather than have the game walk away from me," Lidstrom said.

Lidstrom made the announcement Thursday during a press conference at Joe Louis Arena, an event attended by coach Mike Babcock, GM Ken Holland, Lidstrom's family and several current and former teammates from the Red Wings.

"This is one of the most emotional days in Red Wings history," said Detroit owner Mike Ilitch, who called Lidstrom the team's Rock of Gibraltar. "I'm comfortable with my decision," Lidstrom said, noting his gas tank for playing was not on empty, but not where it needs to be. "I can't cheat myself." Lidstrom helped the Red Wings win four Stanley Cups and seven times was awarded the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s best defenseman. Lidstrom, who turned 42 on April 28, played in a whopping 1,564 regular-season games in his NHL career to put him second behind only Gordie Howe on Detroit’s all-time list. He also piled up 1,142 points, fourth most in franchise history, by scoring 264 goals and adding 878 assists. His plus-450 career plus-minus rating ranks No. 8 in League history and nearly equals the paltry 514 minutes he spent in the penalty box.

Lidstrom's career numbers in the Stanley Cup Playoffs are just as impressive.

No other Red Wings player appeared in more postseason games (263), as he never missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He also scored 54 goals to go with 129 assists for a total of 183 career playoff points and finished with a sterling plus-61 rating. Lidstrom also decided 11 postseason games with game-winning goals and became the first European-born player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy (2002) before becoming the first European to captain his team to a Stanley Cup title in 2008. Lidstrom, who made 12 NHL All-Star Games and was voted a First-Team All-Star 10 times, also holds the NHL record for most games played by a player who spent his entire career with one franchise. This past season, he also became just the sixth Detroit-based athlete in the four major North American professional sports to play at least 20 years all in the Motor City. Red Wings legends Alex Delvecchio (24) and Steve Yzerman (22), Detroit Tigers stars Al Kaline (21) and Alan Trammell (20) and Detroit Lions kicker Jason Hanson (20) are the others. Not bad for a guy selected No. 53 in the 1989 NHL Draft by former Red Wings general manager Jimmy Devellano – who spearheaded Detroit’s trend-setting European scouting push in the 1980s. "I think he's going to go down as one of the all-time best defensemen ever to play," Yzerman told reporters in New York on Wednesday, when news first leaked out that Lidstrom would announce his retirement a day later. "Having played with him and watched him closely from his first game … people know about it now, but we've said it all along: you have to watch him closely to appreciate how good he is, what a great athlete he is, because he makes the position look so easy. He is a special athlete."



Nicklas Lidström ist seit 2006 Mitglied im Triple Gold Club.