Those who played with Nicklas Lidstrom still say he’s the best defensemen they ever played with. Those who played against him say he’s the best defensemen they ever played against. The Red Wings never missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Lidstrom’s 20 seasons. He won four Stanley Cups wearing the red sweater. He won the Norris Trophy seven times. On and off the ice, he was a true gentleman every time I met him. Tonight, Lidstrom’s No. 5 jersey will be retired in a ceremony before the Wings host the Colorado Avalanche.
Click here to see just a few of my favorite images I’ve made of Lids while shooting the Wings through the years: