ICE HOCKEY - Swedish ice hockey player Nicklas Lidström announced his retirement this week at the age of 42. The defenseman spent his whole NHL career at the Detroit Red Wings and put up quite remarkable numbers, almost certainly assuring his spot in the Hockey Hall of Fame as soon as he will be eligible. Lidström won his first career prize claiming gold at the 1991 World Championship, right before joining the Red Wings twenty seasons ago. All other awards – and he has received many – he achieved after moving to “Hockeytown”. Here’s a look at some of the feats he has achieved in his impressive career.
ICE HOCKEY - Only very few athletes manage to get a statistic named after them. Gordie Howe is such a person and the ‘Gordie Howe hat-trick’ would involve scoring at least once, providing at least one assist and winning one fight in a single match. Howe became a legend of the Detroit Red Wings and a six-time NHL MVP. He was the childhood hero of Wayne Gretzky, who, when he found Howe’s trademark No. 9 unavailable on his first pro team, decided to play with No. 99.
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ICE HOCKEY - The NHL’s Detroit Red Wings have equalled an NHL record by winning their 20th successive home game. The achievement was posted twice before, but not in the last 36 years.