Nicklas Lidstrom

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Nicklas Lidstrom is a National Hockey League (NHL) defenseman and team captain for the Detroit Red Wings. Born in Vasteras, Sweden, Lidstrom has been a mainstay with the Red Wings, playing seventeen seasons with them.[1]

Career

Lidstrom was drafted in the third round of the 1989 NHL Entry Draft. He began his NHL career in 1991 after playing several years in the Swedish leagues. He made the jump to the Red Wings having never played in the AHL, considered the NHL’s “minor leagues.” Lidstrom enjoyed his best statistical season in 2005-2006, amassing 16 goals and 64 assists for 80 points. He has never had a negative +/- season. Over the course of his 17 seasons, he has missed only 22 games due to injury (he has played in 1,176 games).

Season GP G A PIM +/- PPG SHG
1991-1992 80 11 49 22 36 5 0
1992-1993 84 7 34 28 7 3 0
1993-1994 84 10 46 26 43 4 0
1994-1995 43 10 16 6 15 7 0
1995-1996 81 17 50 20 29 8 1
1996-1997 79 15 42 30 11 8 0
1997-1998 80 17 42 18 22 7 1
1998-1999 81 14 43 14 14 6 2
1999-2000 81 20 53 18 19 9 4
2000-2001 82 15 56 18 9 8 0
2001-2002 78 9 50 20 13 6 0
2002-2003 82 18 44 38 40 8 1
2003-2004 81 10 28 18 19 3 1
2005-2006 80 16 64 50 21 9 0
2006-2007 80 13 49 46 40 10 0
2007-2008 76 10 60 40 40 5 0

Awards

  • Norris Trophy (top defenseman) - six times (2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008)
  • All Rookie Team - 1992
  • All Star - ten times (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008)
  • Conn Smythe Trophy (playoff MVP} - 2002

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