Originally written on The Sports Blitz  |  Last updated 11/16/14

ANAHEIM, CA - JANUARY 05: Nicklas Lidstrom #5 of the Detroit Red Wings gets ready on the ice during the game against the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center on January 5, 2010 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The NHL got it’s next surefire 1st ballot Hall of Famer when Nicklas Lidstrom announced his retirement after 20 NHL seasons, all played with the Detroit Red Wings. With Lidstrom’s retirement, the NHL lost arguably one of the best defenseman of all time. Drafted 53rd overall by the Red Wings in 1987 out of Sweden, Lidstrom played 1,564 games in Detroit, good for 10th on the all time list and 5th among defenseman.... Read more
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