Nick Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings captain and the best defenseman ever to play the game (no matter what the Bobby Orr partisans tell you), has retired today after 21 years in the NHL. He has a list of accomplishments as long as your arm (four Stanley Cups, seven Norris Trophies, the first European to win the Conn Smythe MVP trophy, the first European Captain to win the Stanley Cup, world champion, Olympic gold medalist). He also is the classiest individual I have ever seen in connection with sports. He leaves us with the best retirement quote of all time: "Retiring today allows me to walk away from the game with pride, rather than have the game walk away from me." He left on his own terms.He was The Perfect Human, and he will be missed.
I've got to watch him through his entire career and has left me with so many wonderful memories. From the time I got to watch him get a hat trick to the time I first got to meet him- I was speechless because I was so memorized by his eyes. He is an AMAZING hockey player and person. Wish him the very best in retirement.