Friday, June 01, 2012

20 years on the blue line, few if any were better

Nicklas Lidstrom made his farewells to the ranks of active NHL players on Thursday, a celebration of twenty years of high end achievement, one of the best the game has seen.
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Among the many that saluted Lidstrom's remarkable career on Thursday was Bobby Orr, the benchmark of the modern era of the NHL, his career was shortened by injury, so perhaps no one other than Orr truly understands the achievement of Lidstrom through his twenty year run in the Motor City.

A run in which each and every year his Red Wings appeared in post season play, that gives you some perspective into his importance and contribution to the Red Wing dynasty of recent years. A standard of success that few teams and individuals have been able to accomplish in the history of the game.

Joining the NHL's wave of European adventurers in 1992, Lidstrom always handled his career with class, as tough as you could hope to find, skilled and smart, the perfect combination for an NHL blue liner and for 20 years Detroit and the NHL were in the front row for the show.

His departure at the top of his game, (by his own admission he suggests that he was no longer up to the rigours of the lengthy NHL season and playoff runs), sets the end of a remarkable career on his own terms.

He leaves the game with no regrets, the Stanley Cup rings, awards and accolades through two decades testimony to his importance not only to the Detroit Red Wings, but the NHL and the game of hockey.

For Detroit the hole will be large, but for Detroit and their fans, his leaving is to be celebrated, heralded for its many accomplishments.  Players may come and players may go, but for 20 years Nicklas Lidstrom was where he should be on the Detroit blue line.

In a city that has had many of the legends of the league, another name is to be added to the roll of honour, of that there will be no quarrel from any corner.

Detroit Free Press-- Things won't be the same for Wings' Holmstrom
Detroit Free Press-- Smiles, tears for Hockeytown hero Nicklas Lidstrom
Detroit Free Press-- Parting is such sweet sorrow for Detroit leader Nicklas Lidstrom
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Detroit Free Press-- Dave Lewis, Chris Chelios, Joe Kocur share their Nicklas Lidstrom memories
Detroit Free Press-- Henrik Zetterberg the next captain for Red Wings?
Detroit Free Press-- When will we see Nicklas Lidstrom again?
Detroit Free Press-- Nicklas Lidstrom's son excited to spend more time with father
Detroit Free Press-- Reaction to Nicklas Lidstrom announcing his retirement
Detroit Free Press-- Without Nicklas Lidstrom, Red Wings' Ken Holland faces his greatest...
Detroit Free Press-- Nicklas Lidstrom is one for the ages
Detroit Free Press-- Red Wings' Nicklas Lidstrom was Captain Role Model
Detroit Free Press-- Nothing will fill the void left by Nicklas Lidstrom
Detroit Free Press-- Nicklas Lidstrom one of the all-time best
Detroit Free Press-- Nicklas Lidstrom's retirement
Detroit Free Press-- Red Wings' Nicklas Lidstrom 'comfortable' with decision to retire
Detroit News-- Nicklas Lidstrom a perfect Wing to the very end
Detroit News-- Time for Red Wings to face the unknown without Nicklas Lidstrom
Detroit News-- From Bryan Murray to Mike Babcock, Nicklas Lidstrom thanks all of his coaches
Detroit News-- Nick Lidstrom's unmatched dignity will stick with fans
Detroit News-- Lacking the 'strength' to continue, Wings' Nicklas Lidstrom retires
Detroit News-- Henrik Zetterberg the early favourite to be next Red Wings captain
Detroit News-- Lidstrom, the perfect player, to leave the NHL with his high standards intact
Detroit News-- Ex-teammates appreciate Nicklas Lidstrom's steady play, demeanour
Detroit News-- Wings' Darren Helm, Danny Cleary expect to be ready for training camp
Detroit News-- Nicklas Lidstrom's retirement will leave void that can't be filled
Detroit News-- Wings' Nicklas Lidstrom calls retirement the "right decision"
Windsor Star-- Wings captain Lidstrom to retire after 20 year career
Windsor Star-- Red Wings' Lidstrom ends his playing days
USA Today-- Retired Lidstrom lauded as 'one of the greatest'
USA Today-- Nicklas Lidstrom ranks with all time best
USA Today-- Nicklas Lidstrom retires after 20 seasons
USA Today-- What's next for Lidstrom-less Red Wings?
Globe and Mail-- Lidstrom retires after 20 seasons, 4 Stanley Cup titles
Globe and Mail-- What's next for Nick Lidstrom?
Globe and Mail-- Lidstrom 'just a wonderful player'
National Post-- Nick Lidstrom walks away from Red Wigs on his own terms
National Post-- Red Wings need to figure out life after Nicklas Lidstrom
National Post-- Red Wings' Nicklas Lidstrom makes retirement official
Toronto Sun-- Lidstrom won everything that mattered
Toronto Sun-- Doughty marvels at Lidstrom
Sportsnet-- Great Decision-Maker
CBC-- Red Wings' Nicklas Lidstrom ends illustrious NHL career

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