|6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
188 lb (85 kg)
|Detroit Red Wings
Västerås IK (Elitserien)
|World Championships|| 1990 WJC
|Born||April 28 1970
|NHL Draft||53rd overall, 1989
Detroit Red Wings
|Pro Career||1988 – present|
Nicklas Erik Lidström (born April 28, 1970, in Västerås, Sweden) is a Swedish professional ice hockey defenceman who has played his entire National Hockey League (NHL) career with the Detroit Red Wings. In his 15-year tenure, Lidström has won three Stanley Cups, various NHL trophies and has been voted into nine NHL All-Star Games.
Representing Sweden, Lidström won the World Championships in 1991. At the 2006 Winter Olympics, Lidström was a major factor in Sweden's win over Finland in the finals, earning him a spot on the Olympic All-Star Team. He also became the 17th member of the Triple Gold Club.
Lidström is generally considered the top NHL defenseman of his era, having won the Norris Trophy as the NHL's best defenseman three consecutive seasons from 2000-01 to 2002-03 and again in 2005-06 and 2006-07. He has been nominated for the award a total of eight times in the past nine seasons.
Lidström began his career in Fagersta, Sweden, before moving on to play with his hometown team Västerås IK of the Swedish Elitserien. In three seasons with the team, he played in 103 games, scoring 12 goals and 30 assists. Drafted by the Detroit Red Wings 53rd overall in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft, Lidström joined the team in the 1991-92 NHL season, though he would return to play for Västerås IK for a brief period during the 1994-95 NHL lockout. Lidström scored 60 points in his rookie season, finishing second to only Pavel Bure in voting for that year's Calder Trophy. He was selected to the 1992 NHL All-Rookie Team along with fellow Red Wings defenseman Vladimir Konstantinov.
Known for his durability, Lidström consistently ranks amongst the top in the NHL in ice time per game. He averaged 28:07 minutes in the 2005-06 season, a career high. He won three consecutive Norris Trophies, from 2001 to 2003, becoming the first defenseman since Bobby Orr to win three straight. In the 2003-04 season, he played in his 1,000th game of his career, having missed only 17 games in 12½ seasons (1994-95 was shortened to 48 games instead of the usual 82 by a labor dispute).
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 correct spot of the ice at the correct 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. For most of his NHL career, he has studiously avoided drawing penalties, although the introduction of many new rules in 2005-06 saw him rack up his career high (50) in penalty minutes. The 2005-06 season also brought him his career high (16 goals, 64 assists for 80 points) in points.
Lidström was set to make $10 million during the 2005-06 season, but because of the new NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement created in July 2006, salaries on pre-existing contracts were reduced by 24%, which lowered his compensation to $7.6 million.
On 30 June 2006, it was announced that Lidström had signed a two-year, $15.2-million contract with the Red Wings; instead of seeking more money elsewhere—certainly possible for a defenseman of his calibre, especially considering his stellar numbers in the past season—Lidström decided to remain with Detroit for the same annual salary as he earned during the 2005-06 season.
On June 14, 2007, Nicklas Lidström joined an elite group by capturing the Norris Trophy as the League's outstanding defenseman for the fifth time. Lidström becomes the fourth defenseman in League history with as many as five Norris Trophy wins, joining Hockey Hall of Fame members Bobby Orr (eight), Doug Harvey (seven), and Ray Bourque (five).
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