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Detroit Red Wings’ Nicklas Lidstrom Announces Retirement

The man nicknamed “The Perfect Human” for his seemingly infalliable play and thorough sportsmanship, announced his retirement from hockey today at the age of 42. He leaves as a Hall of Fame lock and as one of the greatest defensemen to ever play the game.

A cool behind-the-scenes look into the Nick’s preparation for games.

“How could anyone that good be that humble?” asks his coach, Mike Babcock.

Basically a video of praise about Nick. He won a gold medal, four Stanley Cups, and a plethora of personal awards; his career has been a non-stop accomplishment tour.

And one of my favorites of all-time. Nick scoring from center ice in the playoffs. As a Detroit sports fan, it’s sad seeing this class act go.

FACTS

-First European-born and trained Norris Trophy winner (2000–01).

-First European-born and trained Conn Smythe Trophy winner (2001–02).

-Fourth defenseman (and first European-born and trained defenseman) in NHL to win James Norris Memorial Trophy three years running (2001–2003, 2006–2008), and third seven-time Norris Trophy winner.

-First European-born and trained captain of a Stanley Cup-winning team (2008).

-First European-born and trained defenceman to reach 1,000 points.

-Sixth defenceman (and 28th player overall) to reach 855 career assists.

-Most regular season games played by a player born in Europe, any position (1564).

-Most regular season games played by a player in a career spent with only one team (1564).

-Most regular season wins played in (900).

-Active leader in games played any position (1564).

-Oldest player ever to record his first hat trick (40 years old)

-Oldest defenceman ever to record a hat trick (40 years old)

-Oldest Norris Trophy winner (41 years, 57 days) (2010–2011)

“Retiring today allows me to walk away from the game with pride, rather than have the game walk away from me.”

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