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Timeline: A view of Lidstrom's career

Thursday, 05.31.2012 / 11:15 AM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor |
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Timeline: A view of Lidstrom\'s career
Rookie Nicklas Lidstrom skates against the Canadiens in his Montreal Forum debut on Feb. 1, 1992. (Photo by Getty Images)
April 28: Born in Vasteras, Sweden.

June 17: Selected by Detroit (third round, 53rd overall) in the NHL draft held at the Met Center in Bloomington, Minn.

May 4: Helped Sweden defeat the Soviet Union, 2-1, in the gold medal game of the World Championship games in Turku, Finland.
August 31-September 12: Represented Sweden in the Canada Cup, playing with Red Wings forward Johan Garpenlov.
October 3: Made NHL debut in a 3-3 tie against the Blackhawks at Chicago Stadium.
October 5: Collected his first NHL point (assist) in an 8-5 loss at Maple Leafs Garden.
October 17: Scored first NHL goal – at 2:26 of the second period – against Blues goalie Vincent Riendeau in a 6-3 win at Joe Louis Arena.

February 27: In a 4-2 loss at Chicago, he recorded his 42nd assist to break team record for most assists by a rookie defenseman.
June 7: Along with Wings teammate Vladimir Konstantinov, he’s selected to NHL's All-Rookie team.

May 8: Helped Sweden secure a bronze medal at the World Championship in a 7-2 victory over Team USA in Italy.

January 20: Participated in the 46th NHL All-Star Game at the FleetCenter in Boston. It was his first all-star appearance as he was joined by Red Wings teammates Paul Coffey, Chris Osgood and Sergei Fedorov on the Western Conference roster that was coached by Scotty Bowman.
September 7: Playing for Sweden in the World Cup of Hockey, the Swedes lost to Canada, 3-2, in double overtime in a semifinal game played in Philadelphia.

June 7: Collected five goals and two assists in the Stanley Cup playoffs while helping the Red Wings win their first Stanley Cup in 42 years.

January 18: Represented Detroit in his second NHL All-Star Game, playing on the World team, which lost, 8-7, to the North America squad in Vancouver.
February 13-18: Played for Sweden in the Nagano Winter Olympics.
June 16: Won his second Stanley Cup championship as the Red Wings swept the Washington Capitals in four straight games.
June 23: Named to NHL's First All-Star Team.

Nicklas Lidstrom and Slava Fetisov at the 1998 NHL All-Star Game's skills competition at GM Place in Vancouver. (Photo by Getty Images)

January 24: Was a first-time starter in his third NHL All-Star Game, representing the World team in an 8-6 loss to North America at the Ice Palace in Tampa Bay.
March 26: Scored his career goal No. 100 in a 6-1 win over Tampa Bay at Joe Louis Arena.
June 22: Named to NHL's First All-Star Team.

February 6: Named captain of the World team in the 50th NHL All-Star Game played at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. He also gets his first point in an All-Star Game when he draws an assist on Pavel Bure’s third-point goal in a 9-4 win for the World squad.
June 21: Named to NHL's First All-Star Team.

February 4: Starts in his third straight NHL All-Star Game, this time at Colorado’s Pepsi Center. He scored his first career All-Star goal with one-second left in a 14-12 loss for his World team. He also had two assists in the game on goals by Mats Sundin and Sergei Samsonov.
June 14: After finishing second in each of the previous three seasons, he beat out Boston’s Ray Bourque to win his first-ever Norris Trophy.
June 14: Named to NHL's First All-Star Team.

February 2: Played in his sixth NHL All-Star Game at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
February 15-20: Represented Sweden at the Salt Lake City Olympics where they were knocked out by Belarus, 4-3, in the quarterfinals.
June 13: Won his third Stanley Cup, and became the first European-born player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy.
June 20: Won his second straight Norris Trophy, beating out his Wings teammate Chris Chelios for the award.
June 20: Named to NHL's First All-Star Team.

February 2: Participated in his 7th career All-Star Game, helping lift the Western Conference to a 6-5 overtime win with an assist at the Office Depot Center in Sunrise, Fla.
June 21: Won Norris Trophy for the third consecutive year, beating out Al MacInnis of St. Louis and Derian Hatcher of Dallas.
June 21: Named to NHL's First All-Star Team.

Nicklas Lidstrom shortly after he learned that he had won the Norris Trophy in 2003. (Photo by Getty Images)

February 8: Played in his eighth NHL All-Star Game. He assisted on Shane Doan’s second-period goal, but their Western Conference team lost, 6-4, to the East at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.
February 29: Played in 1,000th career game, a 4-2 win over Philadelphia at Joe Louis Arena.
April 24: Scored a goal and added three assists to help Detroit to a 5-2 win over Calgary in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals.
August 31-September 7: Represented Sweden in the World Cup of Hockey, losing to the Czech Republic, 6-1, in the quarterfinals. His Red Wings teammate and close friend, Tomas Holmstrom scored Sweden’s lone-goal in the final game.

February 26: Scored the gold medal-clinching goal in Sweden’s 3-2 win over Finland at the Torino Olympic Games. For his efforts, he was named to the media all-star team.
April 15: Scored career goal No. 189, setting team record for defenseman, in the Wings’ 3-2 win over St. Louis at Joe Louis Arena.
June 22: Won Norris Trophy for the fourth time, finishing ahead of Anaheim defenseman Scott Niedermayer, who won the award the previous season.
June 22: Named to NHL's First All-Star Team.
October 5: In a ceremony prior to the season-opener against Vancouver, he becomes the 35th team captain in franchise history – and the first European-born captain.
November 23: Is the grand marshal for Detroit's "America's Thanksgiving Parade."

January 24: Collects a point in the NHL All-Star Game, assisting on Patrick Marleau’s second-period goal that helped the Western Conference to a 12-9 win at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
March 2: Scored career goal No. 200 in a 6-2 win over the Blackhawks at Joe Louis Arena. His power-play goal in the third period was assisted by Robert Lang and Pavel Datsyuk.
June 15: Won second straight Norris Trophy, and fifth overall, beating out Scott Niedermayer.
June 15: Named to NHL's First All-Star Team.

January 27: Played in his 10th NHL All-Star Game, starting for the Western Conference team along with Red Wings teammates Chris Osgood and Pavel Datsyuk at Atlanta’s Philips Arena.
April 18: Played in his 197th playoff game, passing Steve Yzerman for most playoff games all-time in Red Wings’ franchise history.
June 4: Won fourth Stanley Cup when the Wings posted a Game 6 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in the finals.
June 13: Won his sixth Norris Trophy.
June 13: Named to NHL's First All-Star Team.

February 4: Marked his 1,300th regular-season NHL game by scoring a tiebreaking power play goal with 39-seconds left in the third period to enable the Red Wings to squeak out a 5-4 win over Phoenix.
October 15: Became the first European-born defenseman to reach 1,000 points with two assists in the game against the Los Angeles Kings.

March 5: Registered career assist No. 800 when his slap shot from the point was tipped into the net by Tomas Holmstrom in the first period of a 5-2 win over Nashville at Joe Louis Arena.
April 23: Played in his 237th career playoff game, moving past Mark Messier and into sole possession of third place on the NHL's all-time list (Chris Chelios 266; Patrick Roy 247).
April 27: A day before his 40th birthday, he had three points in a Game 7 win over Phoenix in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs pushing his active playoff points lead to 171 points.
June 1: Agreed to a one-year contract worth $6 million to remain with the Wings.
December 15: At 40 years of age, he recorded his first career hat trick, against the St. Louis Blues, sealing a 5-2 victory.
June 13: He was honorary pace car driver for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

January 18: Was named captain of the 2011 NHL All-Star Game in Raleigh, North Carolina. His team won, 11-10, defeating Team Staal, captained by Hurricanes’ Eric Staal.
March 24: The city of Novi, Michigan – where Lidstrom and his family made their home during the hockey season – officially unveiled Nick Lidstrom Drive outside of Novi Arena.
June 20: Signed another one-year contract worth $6 million.
June 22: For the seventh time in his illustrious career, he earns the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman for the 2010-11 season.
October 22: Became the 14th player in NHL history to play 1,500 games when he skated in a game against the Washington Capitals.

February 12: Played in his 1,550th game, surpassing Alex Delvecchio's previous Red Wings' record of 1,549 games.

Lidstrom milestone points:

100th point --  4-1-93 at Chicago                                                           

100th goal -- 3-26-99 vs Tampa Bay

100th assist -- 12-14-93 vs Anaheim

100th game --  11-19-92 vs Winnipeg

200th point --  11-17-95 at Edmonton

200th goal --  3-2-07 vs Chicago

200th assist --  10-21-96 vs L.A.

200th game --  12-31-93 vs Los Angeles

300th point -- 3-16-97 at Colorado

300th assist -- 1-16-99 at Vancouver

300th game -- 10-24-95 vs Ottawa

400th point --  2-9-99 at Nashville

400th assist -- 12-31-00 vs Los Angeles

400th game --  4-4-96 at Washington

500th point --  10-21-2000 vs Buffalo

500th assist --  12-28-02 at Nashville

500th game --  1-20-98 at New Jersey

600th point --  1-25-02 vs Phoenix

600th assist -- 3-07-06 vs Phoenix

600th game --  3-19-99 atTampa Bay

700th point -- 11-12-03 at Dallas

700th assist -- 1-02-08 at Dallas

700th game -- 10-19-2000 vs Nashville

800th point -- 4-02-06 at Minnesota

800th assist -- 3-15-10 at Nashville

800th game -- 11-25-01 vs Chicago

900th point -- 12-22-07 at Minnesota

900th game --  1-19-03 vs Chicago

1,000th game --  2-29-04 vs Philadelphia

1,100th point --  3-5-11 at Phoenix




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