|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)|
|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.
It's a tribute to him, and everything he's done and deserved is coming to fruition tonight with his jersey in the rafters. He's going to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. And I said today, if he's not, take my stuff out. If he doesn't deserve to be in there first ballot, no one does. Except for (Wayne) Gretzky, I guess.