I had the honor and privilege to attend the Nicklas Lidstrom banner raising ceremony, and it was amazing. Watching Nick Lidstrom play hockey was like beautiful magic every night, and the person, the human being that he is, is no less impressive. But you guys already know that, you've watching him, heard him, and know what kind of person he is. Red Wings fans heap praise on him at every opportunity because he deserves it. No amount of praise we give him will ever be too much. On a recent episode of Marek vs Wyshynski, they talked about Nick for about 10 minutes, and the praise they had for him came not from a Red Wings perspective, but from a great hockey player perspective.
The podcast episode can be found here, and the important Lidstrom talk is from 46:48 - 54:34, it's 10 minutes worth listening to.
Here are a few highlights. Please come back Nick, please?
It was one of the only retirement ceremonies where it felt like a celebration of a team and an era, as much as it was a celebration of a player.
I don't know if we'll ever see one player dominate his position like that.
He was one of the smartest players we ever saw. If you're showing tape to young hockey players... you show them Nick Lidstrom and how you can play the game and not necessarily have to make bone crunching body checks; or how not to get hit.
He is the smartest hockey player that generation saw, hands down.
If you were lucky enough to get a 2 on 1 and he was the guy back, you knew it didn't matter. He would find a way to break it up.
Thank you Nick, for everything you've done for us. You're the best. Lidstrom Forever.