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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.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round