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Nicklas Lidstrom

Nicklas Lidstrom  #5

Defenseman
NUMBER: 5 BIRTHDATE: April 28, 1970
HEIGHT: 6' 1" BIRTHPLACE: Vasteras, Sweden
WEIGHT: 192 DRAFTED: DET / 1989 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 3rd   (53rd overall)
AwardsSeasons
Conn Smythe Trophy 2001-2002
James Norris Memorial Trophy 2000-2001 / 2001-2002 / 2002-2003 / 2005-2006 / 2006-2007 / 2007-2008 / 2010-2011

Career: Norris Trophy winner 7 of the last 10 seasons played (2001, 02, 03, 06, 07, 08, 11)... Named an NHL 1st Team All-Star 10 times... First European-born Captain to win a Stanley Cup... First European-born player to win Conn Smythe Trophy (2002)... Ranks 2nd all-time in DET history in GP and 4th in points... Holds DET single-season records for assists (64) and points (80) by a D... Has the highest plus-minus rating in the NHL since 1991-92... Named the NHL's player of the decade by both The Sporting News and SI.com (2000-09)... Four-time Stanley Cup champion (97, 98, 02, 08)… Holds NHL record for most GP by a player who has spent the entirety of his career with one franchise.

2011-12:  Surpassed both Steve Yzerman (on 11/25 at BOS) and Alex Delvecchio (on 1/12 vs PHI) on DET’s all-time GP list… Now trails only Gordie Howe (1,687) on the list… Became one of the NHL’s Top 50 all-time scorers by recording his 1,131st career point (passing Bernie Federko) with a goal on Dec. 27 vs STL.

NHL All-Rookie Team (1992) NHL First All-Star Team (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011) James Norris Memorial Trophy (2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011) Conn Smythe Trophy (2002) Olympic All-Star Team (2006) NHL Second All-Star Team (2009, 2010) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2011) Officially announced his retirement, May 31, 2012.
Quote of the Day

I'm just excited about the opportunity. I've been on the ice earlier than usual and in the weight room, pushing around a little more weights than usual. Every day I go into a workout with a smile on my face and ready to go. When you do have a little more responsibility, you want to take your lunch pail and get ready to work.

— Brian Elliott to Jeremy Rutherford of the Post-Dispatch on being the Blues' No. 1 goalie