Found October 29, 2011 on The Sports Bank:
Nick Lidstrom doesn’t block shots. He doesn’t body check anyone. He’s never thrown an elbow. His next fight will be his first. The greatest hockey defenseman of his time, or maybe of any time, isn’t supposed to be so mild-mannered. He isn’t supposed to be less physical than a second baseman. Lidstrom, the Red Wings all-universe defenseman, is 41 years old. In human years. In hockey playing years, he’s closer to 30, because he hasn’t used his body as a battering ram or for someone else’s target practice. Lidstrom plays hockey like Bobby Fischer played chess and Minnesota Fats played billiards—literally. No one has seen that 200’x 80’ sheet of ice better than Lidstrom, who is always a move or two ahead of his opponent. He’s the geometric hockey player—using the puck’s caroms and angles like Fats used those green felt rails. There hasn’t been a defenseman like him, before or since he entered the NHL in 1991. I’ll put up a batch of my wife’s Pasta Fagioli that there won’t be o
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