Nicklas Lidstrom
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 6' 1"
BIRTHDATE: 04/28/1970
DRAFTED: DET: 1989-53 overall
Conn Smythe Trophy (1)
James Norris Memorial Trophy (7)
NHL All-Rookie Team (1992) NHL First All-Star Team (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011) James Norris Memorial Trophy (2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011)   Conn Smythe Trophy (2002)  Olympic All-Star Team (2006)  NHL Second All-Star Team (2009, 2010)  Played in NHL All-Star Game (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2011)

2009-10: Appeared in all 82 games, one of only three players to do so (Bertuzzi, Stuart)…Led all Red Wings defensemen and tied for 8th among NHL defensemen with 49 points (9-40—49)…Recorded the 1,000th point of his NHL career on 10/15 vs. Los Angeles, becoming just the 8th defenseman in NHL history to reach the milestone…Recorded his 800th career assist on 3/5/10 vs. Nashville…Played in the 1,400th game of his NHL career on 3/19/10 at Edmonton becoming just the 31st player in NHL history to do so…Finished second on Detroit with a plus-22 rating (Rafalski, +23)…Led Detroit defensemen with 194 shots on goal…Led all Red Wings players averaging 25:25 of ice time over 82 regular season games…Represented Sweden at the 2010 Winter Olympics…Appeared in all 12 postseason games…Led the Red Wings averaging 26:22 of ice time in the playoffs…Finished second among Wings defensemen with 10 playoff points (Rafalski-11)…Led Detroit with three postseason power-play goals…Tied Patrick Roy for second on the all-time postseason games played list with 247…Became just the third defenseman in NHL history to record 50 career postseason goals…Moved into third all-time in postseason assists by a defenseman (125)…Led Detroit defensemen finishing postseason with four goals, a +7 rating and 39 shots on goal.

2008-09:  Appeared in 78 games…Finished the season with 59 points (16-43—59), tied for first among Red Wings defensemen (Rafalski) and tied for third among all NHL defensemen… Played in his 1,300th career NHL game 2/4 vs. PHX…Finished the regular season at +31, second on team (Datsyuk +34) and seventh in NHL…Averaged 24:49 of ice time in regular season…Tied for third on team with 10 power-play goals…Finished season with four game-winning goals…Selected to his 11th NHL All-Star Game…Selected to his 10th postseason All-Star team (second team)…Extended his own franchise records with 228 career goals by a defenseman and 111 power-play goals by a defenseman…Recorded 15 multi-point games…Appeared in his 17th consecutive postseason, adding to his own franchise record…Appeared in 21 postseason games in 2009…Missed the first two postseason games of his career due to injury, snapping his streak of 228 consecutive postseason games played…Led all NHL defensemen in scoring with 16 points (4-12—16)…Became Detroit’s all-time postseason assist leader on 5/19 vs. Chicago…Moved into second place on team’s all-time postseason scoring list (46-119—165)…Added to his own NHL record by recording his 11th career postseason game-winning goal, most all-time by a defenseman…Currently third all-time in postseason games played (235) and first in Red Wings team history.

2007-08:  Won his third consecutive Norris Trophy and sixth in the last seven seasons played….Appeared in 76 games…. Suffered a sprained right knee at Colorado 2/18 and missed six games – the longest absence of his career….Played in his 1,200th game 11/27 vs. Calgary….Led all NHL defensemen in scoring (10-60—70)….Registered his 900th NHL point at Minnesota 12/22….Collected his 700th NHL assist vs. Dallas 1/2….Finished second in the NHL in plus-minus at +40 (Datsyuk led NHL at +41) ….Led the Red Wings with 26:43 time on ice per game….Selected to his 10th NHL All-Star Game (8th as a starter)….Appeared in all 22 postseason games….Has played in a franchise record 214 career postseason games – passed Steve Yzerman (196) in Round 1, Game 5 vs. Nashville….Moved past Jari Kurri (200) for most postseason games played by a European-born player….Appeared in his 16th consecutive playoffs, setting a new Red Wings franchise record (Yzerman – 15)….Finished fourth among NHL defensemen in postseason scoring (3-10—13)….Averaged 26:48 time on ice per postseason game….Became the first European-born player to Captain his team to a Stanley Cup championship….Won his fourth Stanley Cup (1997, 1998, 2002 and 2008).

2006-07: Won his second consecutive Norris Trophy and fifth in the last six seasons played…Named Captain of the Detroit Red Wings on 10/5…Played 80 games and finished with a team-leading plus-40 rating (third in the NHL)…Led Detroit in power play points with 10-23—33…Ranked third in the NHL in average time on ice/game at 27:29…Selected to his ninth NHL All-Star Game (seventh as a starter)…Ranked fifth in scoring among defensemen with 13-49—62…Scored his 200th NHL goal and 100th power play goal on 3/2 vs. Chicago…Missed two games due to a back spasms…Led Detroit in postseason scoring and ranked fourth in the NHL, collecting 4-14—18 in 18 games…Led all NHL blueliners in scoring in the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs…Tallied four assists in Game 5 of the CQF vs. Calgary (4/21), which tied a Red Wings record for points by a defenseman in a single game.

2005-06: Won fourth Norris Trophy…Led Detroit in assists (64)…Set career highs in points (80) and assists (64)…Set the Red Wings’ single-season record for assists (64) and points (80) by a defenseman….Ranked first among NHL defenseman in points and assists….Registered 21 multiple point games, second on Detroit to Datsyuk (23)….Led Red Wings in power-play points (9-41—50)…Ranked second in the NHL in power-play assists (41) and sixth in overall assists…..Led Detroit in average time on ice (28:06)…Became the 14th defenseman in NHL history to score 800 points 4/2/06 at Minnesota…Tallied his 600th career assist 3/7/06 vs. Phoenix…Had an unsuccessful penalty shot on 3/4/06 at Phoenix (P. Sauve)…Scored two goals 12/31/05 vs. Columbus and 1/6/06 at Nashville (matched career highs)…Registered a career high four points three times (3/4/06 at Phoenix, 3/9/06 vs. LA, 4/13 at Chicago)….Won a gold medal with Sweden at the 2006 Olympic Games…Scored the game-winning goal in the Olympic Gold-Medal Game….Led all defensemen in scoring at the 2006 Olympic Games….Appeared in all six of Detroit’s 2006 playoff games, finished with one goal and one assist.

2004-05: Represented Sweden in the World Championships.

2003-04: Played 81 games, finished second among Detroit defensemen in scoring (38 pts).... Mathieu Schneider had 46 pts.... Led club in average ice time (27:39).... First goal of season was overtime goal 10/11/03 at Ottawa, finished with three game-winning goals.... 700th career point (assist) 11/12/03 at Dallas....1,000th game 2/29/04 vs. Philadelphia.... Appeared in all 12 of Detroit’s playoff games, finished second in team scoring (2-5-7).... Led club with two power play goals.... Averaged 27:00 per playoff game.

2002-03: Won third consecutive Norris Trophy, (third Red Wing to win award, only one to repeat: Paul Coffey-1995 and Red Kelly-1954)....Finished with club-best plus-40 mark....Only Forsberg and Hejduk (COL) had higher rating in NHL (+52)....Third in scoring for NHL defensemen (10-44-64)....500th assist 12/28/02 at Nashville....30 power play points  (8-22-30)....(Schneider had 31 power play points, but most of those with Los Angeles before the trade deadline, March 2003)....900th game 1/19/03 vs. Chicago....Seventh NHL All-Star Game appearance 2/2/03, also leading vote getter of all players....Played all four games of Detroit’s 2003 first round playoff series vs. Anaheim recording two assists and finishing the playoffs minus-one.

2001-02: Second consecutive Norris Trophy....Appeared in 78 games leading team in assists (50), also fourth overall in NHL.... Finished season tied with Sergei Gonchar (WSH-PHI) for league lead in points by a defensemen (59)....Finished fourth overall on club in points behind Shanahan, Fedorov and Hull....Scored six power play goals....Team Sweden in 2002 Winter Olympics....Played all 23 of Detroit’s 2002 playoff games....Tallied a total of five playoff goals (two power play, one shorthanded and one game-winner)....Awarded first career Conn Smythe Trophy, first European to win that award.

2000-01: First career Norris Trophy....New career high in assists (56)....Finished second on club in points (71)....One of two Red Wings (M.  Lapointe) to play all 82 regular season games....700th career game 10/19/2000 vs. Nashville....Posted 499th and 500th career points the very next game with two assists 10/21/2000 vs. Buffalo....Led team in power play assists (35) as well as overall power play points (43)....35 power play assists ranked second overall in NHL....43 power play points ranked fourth overall in NHL....Scored eight power play goals for the third career time....Finished season with club high avg. ice-time (28:27)....Finished second among NHL defensemen in scoring (71 points)....Played all six of Detroit’s first round playoff series vs. Los Angeles finishing as the club’s top scorer (1-7-8)....Led club along with fellow defenseman, Steve Duchesne, in playoff power play points with five.

1999-2000: Set career high in goals (20), power play goals (9) and shorthanded goals (4)....Led club in power play points (31) and power play assists (22)....Led NHL defensemen in points (73)....Norris Trophy runner-up for third consecutive season....Lady Byng finalist for second straight season....Captain of World Team in 2000 NHL All-Star Game in Toronto....First Team All-Star for third straight season.

1998-99: Finished second in voting for the Norris Trophy (Al MacInnis) for second straight year....Finished second in voting for the Lady Byng (W. Gretzky)....Led Wings in power-play points (29) and power-play assists (23)....Four shorthanded points (2-2—4) tied for team lead with Larionov and  Draper....100th goal 3/26/99 vs. Tampa Bay....600th career game 3/19/99 at Tampa Bay (shorthanded game-winner and two assists)....400th point 2/9/99 at Nashville....300th assist 1/16/99 at Vancouver....Voted as starter in 1999 NHL All-Star Game, his third appearance....Played all four of Detroit’s 1999 playoff games vs. Anaheim posting assists in all four games (0-6—6), including three game-winners and five power-plays....Scored two goals, both PPGs, and three assists in Round 2 vs. Colorado....10 of 11 post-season points came on the power-play.

1997-98: Led NHL defensemen in points and was second among all Red Wings (59)....Tied a then career-high in goals (17)....26 power-play assists ranked fourth in NHL....Had points on 14 game-tying or game-winning goals....In 1998 Stanley Cup Playoffs, set Detroit records for most points (19) and assists (13) in a playoff season by a defensman and tied the mark for goals (6)....Tied teammate Larry Murphy for best NHL plus/minus (+12)....Tallied two game-winning goals, including game one of SCF, a 2-1 win 6/9/98 over Washington....NHL All-Star Game in Vancouver.1996-97: Fourth in team scoring, second in team assists and third in scoring among NHL defensemen....In 1997 Stanley Cup Playoffs, second on team with plus-12.

1995-96: Posted a then career-best 67 points to top rookie season (60 points)....Tied for second on team in playoff scoring....First career NHL All-Star Game.

1994-95: In 1995 Stanley Cup Playoffs, was second in defensemen scoring behind Paul Coffey....Tied club post-season record for assists by blue-liner (Coffey)....Scored game-winner at 1:01 of OT in WCF 6/1/95 vs. Chicago.

1993-94: Third in NHL, second on club with career-high plus-43....Career-best plus-7 outing 1/14/94 vs. Dallas....Career-high four assists 1/6/94 at San Jose.

1992-93: Played all 84 regular season games recording points in 30....100th NHL game 11/19/92 vs. Winnipeg....100th point with second goal 4/1/93 at Chicago.

1991-92: Four-point game 11/17/91 vs. St. Louis....Runner-up to Pavel Bure for  Calder Trophy....NHL All-Rookie Team....Third in NHL with plus-36....Among NHL rookies, was first in plus/minus and assists, and tied for third in scoring....Third on team in assists, setting club record by rookie defenseman, tying Marcel Dionne’s overall team freshman assist mark....Tied Reed Larson’s rookie defenseman point mark....NHL debut 10/3/91 at Chicago....First points were two assists 10/5/91 at Toronto....First goal came on the power play 10/17/91 vs. St. Louis....Team Sweden 1998 and 2002 Winter Olympics....1996, 2004 World Cup....1991 Canada Cup....1991 & 1994 World Championships, helping Sweden win Gold Medal in 1991....Named one of Sweden’s top three players in 1990 World Junior Championships.  


Nick, his wife and four sons reside in suburban Detroit during the season and return to Sweden in the off-season....Enjoys tennis, golf and boating....Played soccer growing up.