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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)
A four-time Olympian, Lidstrom scored the gold-medal clinching goal against Finland in a 3-2 win in 2006 to capture his first Olympic gold medal, solidifying his spot on the Olympic All-Star Team.

With his Olympic gold medal in 2006, he effectively completed the "Triple Gold", having previously won the World Championship (1991) and the Stanley Cup (1997, 1998, 2002 and then again in 2008), joining the exclusive list of 22 players who have accomplished the feat.

Lidstrom became the first European to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP when Detroit won the Stanley Cup in 2002 and became the first European captain to hoist the Cup with the Red Wings in 2008.

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Not only is it a great idea, but if you don't [start using analytics] you're going to fall behind. You have to be on the cutting edge. It was [Arizona Coyotes assistant general manager] Darcy Regier who said, 'If you didn't invent it, you have to be the second- or third-best copier, because if you're fourth or fifth you've got no chance.'

— Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock on his interest in advanced statistical analysis