One of the best hockey players of all time has retired from the game. Arguably the best ever from Sweden. He spent 20 years in the NHL, all of them with the Detroit Red Wings.
Never a big and bruising defender, many experts say that the secret behind Lidström's consistent game is his ability to read the game; this, combined with his excellent skating ability, allows him to be at the right spot of the ice at the right time. Instead of delivering a big body check, Lidström prefers to steal the puck and create a turnover. His reliance on brains rather than brawn might explain his lack of injuries, and also his low penalty minute totals
Four Stanley Cups, seven Norris Trophies (Orr has 8, Harvey 7, Borque 5). He was the first ever european to captain a Stanley Cup winning team. The first ever european to win the Conn Smythe Trophy. He has won the Olympic gold medal (2006), scoring the game winner in the final against Finland. In 2007 The Hockey News
named him the GOAT european player
NHL All-Star Game 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011
NHL First All-Star Team 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011
I still think he is underrated in Sweden where it's all Forsberg and Sundin. Going by accolades he is the best swede ever and it is not close. At all. I remember seeing him play in the Swedish Elitserie back in the late 80s. That is a long ass time ago. Unbelievable consistency.
Discussing Lidstrom's retirement, former teammate Steve Yzerman described Lidstrom as "one of the all-time best defensemen to ever play". Paul Coffey said "he was an incredible player" whilst Chris Chelios said "there's been guys who are great players, but no one's better than Nick. As good? Yes. But this is as big as it gets. He's one of the best athletes ever and [...] if you're going to talk about someone who's perfect, Nick's pretty darn close to being perfect.". John Carlson described Lidstrom as "one of the game's all time greats on and off the ice". Ken Holland stated his belief that Lidstrom was "the most valuable player of his era".