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Biography

Nicklas Erik Lidström (born April 28, 1970, in Västerås, Västmanlands län, Sweden) is a Swedish professional ice hockey defenseman in the National Hockey League playing for the Detroit Red Wings.

Playing career

Lidstrom is considered one of the top defensemen in the NHL, having won the Norris Trophy as the NHL's best defenseman three consecutive seasons from 2000-01 to 2002-03. He has been nominated for the award a total of seven times throughout his career. In 2002 he was also awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the NHL playoffs, when he was the key player in helping Detroit to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes for the Stanley Cup. He became the first European-born player to win the award. As of 2006, Lidström has played all of his thirteen NHL seasons for the Detroit Red Wings, and has been a member of three Stanley Cup-winning teams: 1996-97, 1997-98, and 2001-02.

Lidstrom started his career in Fagersta, Sweden before moving on to play with his hometown team Västerås IK of the Swedish Elite League. In four seasons with the team, he played in 109 games, scoring 14 goals and 39 assists. Drafted by the Detroit Red Wings 53rd overall in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft, Lidström joined the team in the 1991-92 NHL season, bypassing the American Hockey League. He would return to play for Västerås IK for brief periods during the NHL labor dispute in 1994-95. Lidström, who scored 60 points in his rookie season, finished second to Pavel Bure in voting for the Calder Trophy. He was selected to the NHL All-Rookie Team along with teammate Vladimir Konstantinov.

Known for his durability, Lidstrom is consistently among the players with most time on the ice, averaging 27:39 minutes in the 2003-04 season. He won three consecutive Norris Trophies, from 2001 to 2003, becoming the first defenseman since Bobby Orr to win three straight. In the 2003-04 season, he played in his 1,000th game of his career, missing only 17 games total in 12½ seasons (1994-95 was shortened to 48 games instead of the usual 82 by a labor dispute)..

In the 2002 Stanley Cup playoffs, Lidström was named the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as most valuable player during the playoffs; he was the first European player to win it. He notched a goal and two assists in five games against the Carolina Hurricanes.

On March 7, 2006, against the Phoenix Coyotes, he assisted on a Pavel Datsyuk goal to become the 68th NHL player (and 14th defenseman) to record 600 assists in his career.

In the event that Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman retires within the next year or two, some people find it likely that Lidström will be named the Red Wings' new captain, as his leadership alongside Yzerman's has continually provided the charge to the rest of the team needed to achieve success. Lidström has been an alternate captain since the 1997-98 season, adding to his credibility as potentially the next Red Wing captain.

Awards & achievements

  • 1991- IIHF World Championship gold
  • 1992- NHL All-Rookie Team
  • 1996- Played in NHL All-Star Game
  • 1998- NHL First All-Star Team
  • 1998- Played in NHL All-Star Game
  • 1999- NHL First All-Star Team
  • 1999- Played in NHL All-Star Game
  • 2000- NHL First All-Star Team
  • 2000- Played in NHL All-Star Game
  • 2001- NHL First All-Star Team
  • 2001- James Norris Memorial Trophy
  • 2001- Played in NHL All-Star Game
  • 2002- NHL First All-Star Team
  • 2002- James Norris Memorial Trophy
  • 2002- Conn Smythe Trophy
  • 2002- Played in NHL All-Star Game
  • 2003- NHL First All-Star Team
  • 2003- James Norris Memorial Trophy
  • 2003- Played in NHL All-Star Game
  • 2006- Olympic gold medal with Sweden
  • 2006- Selected on the Olympic All-Star Team


Statistics

                                            --- Regular Season ---  ---- Playoffs ----
Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM  GP   G   A Pts PIM
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1988-89  Vasteras IK                 SEL    19    0    2    2    4
1989-90  Vasteras IK                 SEL    39    8    8   16   14   2   0   1   1   2
1990-91  Vasteras IK                 SEL    38    4   19   23    2
1991-92  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    80   11   49   60   22  11   1   2   3   0
1992-93  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    84    7   34   41   28   7   1   0   1   0
1993-94  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    84   10   46   56   26   7   3   2   5   0
1994-95  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    43   10   16   26    6  18   4  12  16   8
1994-95  Vasteras IK                 SEL    13    2   10   12    4  --  --  --  --  --
1995-96  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    81   17   50   67   20  19   5   9  14  10
1996-97  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    79   15   42   57   30  20   2   6   8   2
1997-98  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    80   17   42   59   18  22   6  13  19   8
1998-99  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    81   14   43   57   14  10   2   9  11   4
1999-00  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    81   20   53   73   18   9   2   4   6   4
2000-01  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    82   15   56   71   18   6   1   7   8   0
2001-02  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    78    9   50   59   20  23   5  11  16   2
2002-03  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    82   18   44   62   38   4   0   2   2   0
2003-04  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    81   10   28   38   18  12   2   5   7   4
2005-06  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    80   16   64   80   50   6   1   1   2   2
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         NHL Totals                       1096  189  617  806  326 168  34  82 116  42


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Nicklas Lidstrom

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Position: Defenseman

Team: Detroit Red Wings

Uniform Number: 5

Years in League: 14

Age: 36

Height: 6'2"

Weight: 190 lbs.

Shoots: Left

College/Junior Team: Vasteras IK (Swedish Elite Lg.)

Selection: Round 3, #53 overall, 1989 NHL Entry Draft

Drafted By: Detroit Red Wings

NHL Debut: 1991-92

Salary: $7,600,000

Date of Birth: April 28, 1970

Place of Birth: Vasteras, Sweden

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