Despite still being one of the best defenseman in the NHL 20 years into his career, Nicklas Lidstrom will announce his retirement Thursday, according to the Detroit Free Press.
A press conference is scheduled in Joe Louis Arena.
Lidstrom, 42, is one of the all-time hockey greats. He has won four Stanley Cups with Detroit, where he began playing in the 1991-92 season. He's also won seven Norris Trophies, which is awarded annually to the league's top defenseman.
Lidstrom is one of two players, Doug Harvey is the other, to win seven Norris Trophies. Bobby Orr won the award a record eight consecutive times. Lidstrom won as recently as the 2010-11 season.
The native of Sweden has been the Red Wings' captain since 2006.
Lidstrom has 264 goals and 878 assists, and has a +/- total of 450 for his career.