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Report: Lidstrom to announce retirement Thursday

May 30, 2012, 4:08 PM EDT

Nicklas Lidstrom Getty Images

Nicklas Lidstrom has called a press conference for tomorrow morning in Detroit where one of the greatest defensemen in NHL history will reportedly announce his retirement.

Lidstrom, 42, wanted to “take a few weeks” to ponder his future after the Red Wings were eliminated on April 20, and now that those few weeks are up he’s ready to announce his decision.

Just prior to his team’s elimination, Detroit coach Mike Babcock said he’d be “shocked” if Lidstrom retired.

“But I’ve been shocked before,” Babcock admitted.

Update: Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press tweeted that a source confirmed Lidstrom is retiring.

  1. bekay19 - May 30, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    NOO!! 2nd best Dman to ever play the game (#4 ORR).

    Thanks for the memories

    • pepper2011 - May 30, 2012 at 4:19 PM

      ummmmmm… Ray Bourque?

      • chibimike - May 30, 2012 at 4:26 PM

        Bourque is #4 behind Lidstrom, Orr, and Harvey in that order.

      • falvoja - May 30, 2012 at 4:27 PM

        Bourque – 5 Norris Trophies and 1 Ring

        Lidstrom – 7 Norris trophies and 4 Rings

        To be honest Bourque should be behind Doug Harvey ( 7 Norris Trophies and 6 Rings)

      • lesleyvissersfacelift - May 30, 2012 at 5:15 PM

        Lidstrom is better than Bourque.

      • michiganhockey11 - May 31, 2012 at 10:09 AM

        Bourque won a ring on a technicality….end of career.

      • pepper2011 - May 31, 2012 at 1:13 PM

        I couldn’t disagree more. Bourque was a Victim of Cheap ownership- you can’t blame him for that. Not taking anything away from Lidstrom as I think these arguments are impossible to prove or disprove, but Bourque lost twice to the Oilers who won 5 in 7 years and if you added 30 year old Lidstrom to the Bruins they still wouldn’t have beat the Oilers. Bourque had Oates and Neely. Lidstrom had Yzerman, Federov, Shannahan, Hull, Holstrom, Murphy, Datsyuk, Zetterberg, and bunch of good solid aging Russians (Larionov, Fetisov, Kozlov). Bobby Orr is number one all time. no contest. he retired at 27 years old. 27. that would have been Lidstrom after his first cup. As for Doug Harvey; honestly don’t know enough him, but there were less teams and the Habs were still getting first shot at all the good players.

        just for fun

    • chibimike - May 30, 2012 at 4:32 PM

      IMO Orr played too few games at 657. Lidstrom played 1567 games, plus another 263 in the playoffs.

      Orr scored a ton, but it was a very different era than Lidstrom played in.

    • comeonnowguys - May 30, 2012 at 5:46 PM

      How about we just wish him the best?

  2. saintez - May 30, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Good for him. Great player and great person.

  3. sjsharks66 - May 30, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Finally some interesting news.

  4. pepper2011 - May 30, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    Not too many that end their career with a +450. Pure class.

    • polegojim - May 31, 2012 at 10:26 AM

      Amen! Hope they quickly make him part of the Red Wing coaching/training org.

  5. bensawesomeness - May 30, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    I’m happy for him, he’s a great player with a lot of class and heart

    but as a Wings fan, this just completely threw my day down the drain, im all upset now we’re losing a huge piece of the puzzle

  6. ravenscaps48 - May 30, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    ALL HAIL NICKLAS LIDSTROM!…. Hate to see him go as a fan of the sport

  7. lesleyvissersfacelift - May 30, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    Not a Red Wings fan, but I am a Lidstrom fan. He will be missed, I just hope he stays in the NHL as a coach or something. We will all benefit from a man of that class staying involved with the league.

    • schlitzy - May 30, 2012 at 5:54 PM

      well said!!
      it’s a better league with him in it in some capacity!

  8. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 30, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    He accomplished pretty much everything a player sets out to, both in the NHL and when he represented his country. First ballot hall-of-famer if there ever was one.

    • lesleyvissersfacelift - May 30, 2012 at 5:22 PM

      The waiting period should be waived for him. Too bad the BOD abolished that after doing it for Gretzky.

  9. claysbar - May 30, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    Another amazing fact, other than last year, 70 games played, he has played in no less than 76 games in a non shortened season. 39 missed games in 19 full hockey seasons. Wow!

  10. hockinj25 - May 30, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    One of the true greats. A class act his entire career. It will be weird not seeing him on the blue line on opening day next season.

  11. taytay099 - May 30, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    It’s truly the end of an era in Detroit. I’m really going to miss him.

  12. devilscup950003 - May 30, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    Not a wings fan obviously but a great d-man and a true class act.From a nhl and hockey standpoint he will be sorely missed..congrats nick on a truly magnificent career.

  13. ravenscaps48 - May 30, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Whoever is going through these comments and giving them a thumbs down…………….. You are the biggest tool bag on this website

    • taytay099 - May 30, 2012 at 9:55 PM

      Welcome to the internet.

  14. banshee950 - May 30, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    know what sucks about getting old (besides getting old in general), watching the guys that have been there almost forever retire. tip of the hat to Nicky, a true class act and a great player we’ve lucky to enjoy all these years. best of luck, enjoy the retirement schedule!

  15. scoops1 - May 30, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    20 years with the Red Wings…20 playoff appearances….

    • michiganhockey11 - May 31, 2012 at 9:58 AM

      Not bad for a 3rd round pick huh?

  16. redwingsfan999 - May 31, 2012 at 6:55 AM

    Lidstrom was the best the best defenseman of all time, and still is the best defenseman in the league, this is a very sad day for Detroit fans everywhere and with him gone holmstrom probably won’t come back and there will be no one playing on the wings who was back from the 90s era

  17. michiganhockey11 - May 31, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    While Orr is hailed as the best defenseman by hockey lore, Lidstrom played in a different era. By the numbers:

    60 points in rookie season-second to Pavel Bure in Calder voting
    1,564 reg season games played-most ever by European player, 2nd overall in Wings history to Howe
    263 playoff games-most in franchise history
    46 games missed over entire career
    Won first Norris trophy when he was 31
    12 all-star teams
    264 career goals
    878 assists-third in franchise history behind Howe and Yzerman
    1,142 points-fourth in franchise history
    7 time Norris trophy winner (should have been more as it took many years for people to see how good he was). Only Orr has more (8)
    Oldest to win Norris Trophy at 41
    183 playoff points-second in franchise histroy behind Stevie Y
    Career plus/minus of +450 (only had 1 minus season -2 in 2010-11) +20 or better in 11 seasons
    4 Stanley Cups
    Conn Smythe in 2002
    Gold medal with Team Sweden in 2006.

    I cannot recall watching a wings game without Lidstrom. It’s going to be really weird next season.

    Can we stop the whole Bourque vs. Lidstrom debate now?

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