Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Nicklas Lidstrom career facts
By Jon Kramer, ESPN Stats and Information
The Norris Trophy has been presented to the league's top defenseman since 1954.
MOST NORRIS TROPHIES
Bobby Orr, 8
Nicklas Lidstrom, 7
Doug Harvey, 7
Ray Bourque, 5
No one played more games in NHL history while spending his entire career with one franchise than Nicklas Lidstrom.
MOST GAMES PLAYED
SPENT ENTIRE CAREER WITH ONE FRANCHISE
Nicklas Lidstrom, Red Wings: 1,564<<
Alex Delvecchio, Red Wings: 1,549
Steve Yzerman, Red Wings: 1,514
Stan Mikita, Blackhawks: 1,394
<<10th on NHL's all-time GP list
CAREER RANKINGS AMONG RED WINGS
Games: 1,564, 2nd<<
Goals: 264, 9th
Assists: 878, 3rd
Points: 1,142, 4th
Lidstrom played 20 seasons, finishing with a minus just once (minus-2 in 2010-11). For his career, he was a plus-450.
What is it about a Stanley Cup finals in New Jersey that brings a star player to retire? Patrick Roy officially announced his retirement on May 28, 2003, which was in between Games 1 & 2 of the Stanley Cup finals that year between the Devils and the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (what the team was called then). The first 2 games were in New Jersey and, of course, that was the last year the Devils were in the Cup finals.