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Red Wings' Lidstrom ends 20 year career


Saying that his drive and motivation are not where they need to be to play at such a high level, Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom is hanging up his skates after spending his entire 20-year NHL career in Detroit.

The 42-year-old Swede set an NHL record by playing 1,564 games with one team. He put retirement on hold in each of the previous two years by signing one-year contracts.

The four-time Stanley Cup champion and seven-time Norris Trophy winner had 34 points and a plus-21 rating that ranked among the league leaders last season.

Lidstrom is a four-time Olympian who scored the gold-medal winning goal for Sweden over Finland in 2006. He became the first European-born captain to win a Stanley Cup in 2008, six years after being the first from Europe to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoffs MVP.

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