Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom calls it a career after 20 seasons

Nicklas Lidstrom announced today that he would be retiring from the NHL after a Hall of Fame career.

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 15: Nicklas Lidstrom #5 of the Detroit Red Wings jumps over Martin Erat #10 of the Nashville Predators at the Bridgestone Arena on December 15, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
Detroit Red Wings v Nashville Predators
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 15: Nicklas Lidstrom #5 of the Detroit Red Wings jumps over Martin Erat #10 of the Nashville Predators at the Bridgestone Arena on December 15, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
White (R) has quickly fit in on a veteran-laden Wings team, including getting the plum assignment of being paired with Nicklas Lidstrom (C)
How White landed next to Lidstrom in Detroit
White (R) has quickly fit in on a veteran-laden Wings team, including getting the plum assignment of being paired with Nicklas Lidstrom (C)
Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock, center, talks with players, including Johan Franzen (93), of Sweden, and Nicklas Lidstrom (5), also of Sweden, in the third period against the Nashville Predators in Game 1 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. The Predators won 3-2. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Red Wings-Predators Preview
Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock, center, talks with players, including Johan Franzen (93), of Sweden, and Nicklas Lidstrom (5), also of Sweden, in the third period against the Nashville Predators in Game 1 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. The Predators won 3-2. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
DETROIT, MI - APRIL 15: Ryan Suter #20 of the Nashville Predators tries to get around the stick of Nicklas Lidstrom #5 of the Detroit Red Wings during Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Joe Louis Arena on April 15, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. Nashville won the game 3-2 and lead the series 2-1. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Ryan Suter #20 Of The Nashville Predators Tries To Get Around The Stick Of Nicklas Lidstrom #5 Of The Detroit Red Getty Images
DETROIT, MI - APRIL 15: Ryan Suter #20 of the Nashville Predators tries to get around the stick of Nicklas Lidstrom #5 of the Detroit Red Wings during Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Joe Louis Arena on April 15, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. Nashville won the game 3-2 and lead the series 2-1. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 11: Ryan Smyth #94 of the Edmonton Oilers carries the puck as he is checked by Nicklas Lidstrom #5 of the Detroit Red Wings during their NHL game at Joe Louis Arena November 11, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)
Edmonton Oilers v Detroit Red Wings
DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 11: Ryan Smyth #94 of the Edmonton Oilers carries the puck as he is checked by Nicklas Lidstrom #5 of the Detroit Red Wings during their NHL game at Joe Louis Arena November 11, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 19: Ray Whitney #13 of the Phoenix Coyotes falls to the ice under pressure from Nicklas Lidstrom #5 of the Detroit Red Wings during the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on January 19, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. The Red Wings defeated the Coyotes 3-2 in an overtime shoot out. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Detroit Red Wings v Phoenix Coyotes
GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 19: Ray Whitney #13 of the Phoenix Coyotes falls to the ice under pressure from Nicklas Lidstrom #5 of the Detroit Red Wings during the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on January 19, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. The Red Wings defeated the Coyotes 3-2 in an overtime shoot out. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 28: Nicklas Lidstrom #5 of the Detroit Red Wings tries to get around the stick of Patrick Marleau #12 of the San Jose Sharks at Joe Louis Arena on October 28, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
San Jose Sharks v Detroit Red Wings
DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 28: Nicklas Lidstrom #5 of the Detroit Red Wings tries to get around the stick of Patrick Marleau #12 of the San Jose Sharks at Joe Louis Arena on October 28, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 15: Nicklas Lidstrom #5 of the Detroit Red Wings shoots the puck against the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center on November 15, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Detroit Red Wings v St. Louis Blues
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 15: Nicklas Lidstrom #5 of the Detroit Red Wings shoots the puck against the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center on November 15, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 15: Jonathan Ericsson #53 and Brad Stuart #23 of the Detroit Red Wings congratulate teammate Nicklas Lidstrom #5 on scoring a goal against the Nashville Predators at the Bridgestone Arena on December 15, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
Detroit Red Wings v Nashville Predators
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 15: Jonathan Ericsson #53 and Brad Stuart #23 of the Detroit Red Wings congratulate teammate Nicklas Lidstrom #5 on scoring a goal against the Nashville Predators at the Bridgestone Arena on December 15, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
Detroit GM Ken Holland says Lidstrom has "defied Father Time" and there's been almost no drop-off in his play
Nicklas Lidstrom: Still perfect after all these years
Detroit GM Ken Holland says Lidstrom has "defied Father Time" and there's been almost no drop-off in his play

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