Originally written on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 11/20/14

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)

After twenty amazing seasons in the National Hockey League, Nicklas Lidstrom has decided to call it quits. Lidstrom will go down as one of the best defensemen in the league’s history due to his leadership, ability to win, and intelligence on the ice.

You know you must be pretty good at something when your two nicknames are Mr. Perfect and The Perfect Human. Over his career Lidstrom won four Stanley Cups, seven James Norris Memorial Trophies (awarded to the league’s best defenseman), the Conn Smythe Award (playoff MVP), one gold metal (in which he scored the game winning goal), and was voted to twelve all-star games. Now let all of that soak in for a second. In nearly half of the seasons he played, he was picked as the league’s best defenseman. Also keep in mind that I’m not mentioned in the fact he owns most defensive Red Wing records and has only missed the playoff once in his entire career (his rookie year), and that every year he didn’t win the Norris, he was still top six in the final voting.

In the city of “Hockey town,” Lidstrom was hockey, playing alongside too many Red Wings greats to count. He has been captain of the team since the 1997-1998 season and served as an assistant captain before that.

Although Red Wing fans will be disappointed Lidstrom will not be suiting up in the Red and White next year, he went out like a true champion. He will never have to suit up for any other team and will be remembered as a consistently amazing hockey player throughout his career by the Red Wings and NHL alike. At 42 years young, expect Lidstrom to still be involved with hockey whether it is working for the NHL or the Red Wings.

The man. The myth. The legend. Mr. Perfect. Nicklas Lidstrom.

-Langer

 

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Panthers coach replaces break-in victims’ Christmas presents

Bruce Arians benches Logan Thomas on Christmas Day

Richard Sherman: Marshawn Lynch having MVP season

Curt Schilling tweeted advice to Johnny Manziel

Aaron Rodgers buys TVs for Packers teammates

Harbaugh smiled when asked about Michigan's bday tweet

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jackie Robinson West Little League accused of cheating

Police: Fire that burned down McClain's home 'suspicious'

Furniture store will refund purchases if OSU wins title

What each NFC team in the hunt should ask for from Santa

Is SI ashamed to mention Jameis Winston on its cover?

Kobe Bryant disappointed Lakers didn't get Rajon Rondo

WATCH: Kenny Smith pushes Shaq into a Christmas tree

Q&A with Rich Eisen; TNF, DirecTV and living in LA

Is the NFL playoff system heading south?

WATCH: Quincy Acy ejected for throwing punch at John Wall

Billy Beane did not want to trade Josh Donaldson

Peyton Manning plans to be back with Broncos next year

WATCH: Blazers announcer botches Damian Lillard call

WATCH: P.K. Subban disguises himself, surprises kids for Xmas

Baseball cards: a fan's love for the ultimate stocking stuffer

Packers game is a career defining moment for Stafford

A look inside Jason Grilli's contract with the Braves

10 Week 17 NFL matchups that will impact the playoffs

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Q&A with Rich Eisen; TNF, DirecTV and living in LA

Dan Le Batard sums up Miami's relationship with LeBron

Is the NFL playoff system heading south?

WATCH: Announcer botches call

Police: McClain fire 'suspicious'

10 Week 17 NFL matchups that will impact the playoffs

Bahamas Bowl ends on crazy Hail Mary

49ers OT Davis takes shot at coordinator

Will FIFA ever care to change?

Top storyline for each Week 17 game

40 great Christmas-related sports names

Nick Mangold and dealing with feelings as a sports fan

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.