FOX 17 Sports
1:24 PM PDT, May 30, 2012
The Detroit Red Wings have called a press conference for Thursday, May 31 where captain Nick Lidstrom is expected to announce his retirement.
Red Wings Executive Vice President and General Maneger Ken Holland will be present with Nick Lidstrom.
The 42-year-old Sweden native is coming off of his 20th season with the Wings, and still put up big numbers despite being sidelined due to injury for twelve games this past season.
Considered by many one of the best defensman to ever play the game, Lidstrom has won the Stanley Cup four times, once as team captain. He has been awarded the Norris Trophy seven times, given to the best defensman throughout the season.
Lidstroms' seven Norris Trophys are second only to Boston Bruins, Bobby Orr, who won the award eight consecutive times.
Lidstrom has questioned retiring to spend time with his family in recent off-seasons and this may be the year he actually does. If Lidstrom has decided that he has skated off the ice for the last time in his professional carrer he will be leaving behind large skates to fill. Lidstrom has never missed the playoffs and it is leadership on and off the ice that has continued a winning Red Wings tradition.
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