Lidstrom named Red Wings vice president of hockey operations

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Nicklas Lidstrom was named vice president of hockey operations of the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday.

The Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman will be involved in all aspects of hockey operations for the Red Wings. He played his entire 20-season NHL career with Detroit, winning the Stanley Cup four times (1997, 1998, 2002, 2008) and is the highest-scoring defenseman in Red Wings history with 1,142 points (264 goals, 878 assists) in 1,564 regular-season games. He scored 183 points (54 goals, 129 assists) in 263 Stanley Cup Playoff games, an NHL record for most played for one team, and won the 2002 Conn Smythe Trophy voted as most valuable player in the postseason.

Lidstrom was Red Wings captain in his final six NHL seasons before retiring May 31, 2012. His No. 5 was retired in 2013-14 and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2015, his first year of eligibility. The seven-time Norris Trophy winner voted as the best defenseman in the NHL (2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011) is a member of the Triple Gold Club with a Stanley Cup championship, a first-place finish in the 1991 IIHF World Championship and winning a gold medal at the 2006 Torino Olympics. 

Lidstrom was named one of the “100 Greatest NHL Players” to celebrate the NHL centennial in 2017.

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