Source: Lidstrom to announce retirement today Staff

5/31/2012 11:00:48 AM

Sources tell TSN that Nicklas Lidstrom is ready to call it a career.

The Red Wings have scheduled a news conference for Thursday in Detroit where the 42-year-old blueliner will announce his retirement.

Having spent the entirety of his 20-year NHL career in Detroit, Lidstrom leaves the game with an impressive resume.

Lidstrom is a member of the exclusive "Triple-Gold" club, winning both an Olympic gold medal (2006) and an IIHF World Championship (1991) with Sweden in addition to the four Stanley Cups he won with the Red Wings.

The most dominant defenceman since the turn of the Century, Lidstrom won seven Norris Trophies in ten seasons starting in 2001. Lidstrom has been selected to play in 12 NHL All-Star Games and was named to the league's First All-Star Team 10 times between 1998 and 2011.

He became the first European player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2002.

Taking over the Red Wings captaincy when long-time teammate Steve Yzerman retired in 2006, he would lead the team to back-to-back Cup Finals appearances in 2008 and 2009, becoming the first European player to captain a Cup champion in 2008.

Lidstrom retires as the active NHL leader in regulation and playoff games played as well as plus-minus. He sat second amongst active players in playoff points and third in regular-season points.

Originally selected in the third round (53rd overall) by the Red Wings in 1989, Lidstrom racked up 264 goals and 878 assists in 1,564 career NHL games.