DETROIT – Detroit Red Wings executive vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today that the team has hired Nicklas Lidstrom as vice president of hockey operations.
One of the most decorated players in NHL history, Lidstrom, 51, will be involved in all aspects of Red Wings hockey operations in his new role. Lidstrom spent his entire 20-season NHL career with Detroit, joining the organization as a third-round pick (53rd overall) in the 1989 NHL Draft, making his debut for the team at during the 1991-92 season and serving as team captain in his last six seasons with the team (2006-12) before retiring on May 31, 2012. Lidstrom’s # 5 jersey was retired by organization during the 2013-14 campaign, and he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2015 in his first year of eligibility.
Lidstrom’s on-ice accomplishments are marked by four Stanley Cup Championships in 1997, 1998, 2002 and 2008, the last of which made him the first European-born captain to lift the Stanley Cup. He continues to rank as the strongest defenseman in franchise history, amassing 1,142 points (264-878-1,142) in 1,564 career games, while placing second among players at any time. position in Red Wings history in playoff production, with 183 points (54-129-183) in 263 games – the NHL’s record for playoff games played for a single franchise. The Red Wings have advanced to the playoffs in each of Lidstrom’s 20 seasons, making him one of only two players (Larry Robinson) in NHL history to play at least 20 seasons and never to be missed. the playoffs. He also received the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Playoffs’ Most Valuable Player in 2002.
Lidstrom became the first player born and trained in Europe to win the Norris Trophy for Best Defenseman in the NHL and won the trophy on six other occasions (2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011). He was named to the NHL All-Star Game in 12 seasons and finished 10 times on the NHL’s First All-Star Team and twice on the Second All-Star Team. Lidstrom has produced at least 60 points in nine of his seasons with Detroit and holds single-season franchise records for assists (64) and points (80) by defenseman. Hailing from Vasteras, Sweden, Lidstrom is also a member of the exclusive Triple Gold Club with a Stanley Cup championship, a gold at the World Championships (1991) and a gold medal at the Olympics (2006).