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Red Wings’ defenseman Nic Lidstrom announced his retirement from the NHL on Friday. The seven time Norris Trophy winner and arguably the best European born player of all-time, is hanging it up after 20 season with the Wings.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers were perfoming at Detroit’s Joe Lewis Arena the same night of Lidstrom’s announcement. Near the end of the concert, the lead drummer and Detroit native, Chad Smith, brought out Nicklas Lidstrom. The crowd went nuts at the sight of Lidstrom, who said about the moment, ”this might top it off.”
h/t: Detroit Free Press
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After summarizing the local takes on Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom’s retirement, many videos included, I was kinda staggered to find this from DetroitRedWings.com’s Bill Roose, and I’m thrilled in a way that this post literally could not fit in because I ran out of room:
Here is Lidstrom’s entire statement to the press, per DetroitRedWings.com’s Roose:
Holy crap, per Fox Sports Detroit’s Dana Wakiji: Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom bouth a full-page advertisement in the Sunday Detroit Free Press to thank fans! And I quote:
A Message from Nick and Annika Lidstrom:
This week, I announced my retirement from the Detroit Red Wings and professional hockey. Annika, our boys and I will be moving back to Sweden to be closer to our...
At 42 years old, Detroit Red Wings defenseman and captain Nicklas Lidstrom has announced his retirement from the NHL. Lidstrom is often referred to as the best defenseman of his generation. He played all 20 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings and earned himself 11 All-Star appearances, 7 Norris Trophies, 4 Stanley Cups (’97, ’98, ’02, ’08), and a Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP...
One day after announcing his retirement, Nicklas Lidstrom surprised a packed Joe Louis Arena crowd at the tail end of Friday's Red Hot Chili Peppers concert Continue reading →
The feeling was akin to seeing you favorite team overachieve throughout the playoffs and then the hopes are dashed in overtime.
There is shock. There is disbelief. There is an overwhelming sense of sadness.
But then the first pair of hands begin to clap, and slowly, but surely, the scattered slaps are joined by more and more, building into a crescendo that roars like a freight...
It feels almost sacrilegious to think about what the Detroit Red Wings should do with the money vacated by the retirement of their captain Nicklas Lidstrom with his announcement only moments old, but hockey is still a business so lets … Continue reading →
After an incredibly busy and emotional week and weekend for Red Wings fans, punctuated by the recently-retired Nicklas Lidstrom being feted by the Red Hot Chili Peppers on Friday night and then taking out a full-page ad in the Detroit Free Press’s Sunday edition, we spent some time talking about the Wings brass’s organizational meetings, the team’s draft strategy, and, mostly...
Thursday, May 31, 2012: the day Detroit Red Wings fans have been dreading for years. Nicklas Lidstrom has finally hung up his skates.What can be said about this legendary defenseman that hasn't already been said? How about the legacy he leaves behind?Many fans may have guessed it toward the end of this past season. Lidstrom fell to a lengthy injury -- a deep ankle bruise --...
Nicklas Lidstrom announced his retirement Thursday, officially putting an end to one of the greatest careers in NHL history. Continue reading →
Apparently, it’s sad that Nicklas Lidstrom is retiring.
Sorry if you don’t see me balling my eyes out.
Lidstrom will go down as one of the greatest defenseman to ever play the game and rightfully so. He played 20 seasons , won 7 Norris Trophies, 4 Stanley Cups, 1 Conn Smythe and, for whatever it’s worth, has been voted to 12 all-star games. You don’t get named by The Sporting...
The Red Wings have posted a link to their presser regarding Nicklas Lidstrom’s retirement announcement, and I’ll embed the video shortly.
I heard Ken Holland mention this in passing during several interviews I’m cobbling together at present, and, thankfully, MLive’s Ansar Khan is confirming it:
Ken Holland, incidentally, confirmed today that Lidstrom had a hairline fracture in his ankle, not just a deep bone bruise. (cont.)
But the injury had no bearing on Lidstrom’s decision. The ankle would have been fine...
Star defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom retired today after 20 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, ending one of the best blue-liner careers in hockey history.
The four-time Stanley Cup champion and seven-time Norris Trophy winner as the league’s best defenseman made a very emotional announcement as he said goodbye to the NHL.
From the AP:
“My drive and motivation are not where to...
After Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom announced his retirement this week, there has been speculation that a number of other high-profile veterans across the league could be doing the same this off-season.
Lidstrom’s countryman and former teammate in Detroit tells Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News that he has contemplated calling it quits, but has not...
In recovering from a sixty-plus hour…Three-day work week…One needs to hear some comforting news as the aches, pains and spring allergies take their toll. I haven’t even had time to truly wrap my head around the fact that Nicklas Lidstrom, my favorite favorite Red Wing, has retired, but, via RedWingsFeed, I’m hearing something that I desperately need to be told right now,...