Nicklas Lidstrom (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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So it begins
Nicklas Lidstrom was drafted 53rd overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1989 draft as a 19-year-old Swedish player.
The defenseman played his entire career with the Detroit Red Wings, starting with his first NHL season in 1991-92.
The first of many
Nicklas Lidstrom confers with Red Wings goaltender Mike Vernon and defenseman Vladimir Konstantinov during Game 2 of the 1997 Stanley Cup Final against the Philadelphia Flyers. The team eventually swept the Flyers to win Detroit's first Stanley Cup since 1955.
You're a star
Lidstrom also served as an NHL All-Star 12 times during his career. In 2011, he was picked by his peers to captain a team during the NHL's inaugural All-Star fantasy draft.
Keep it going
The assistant captain of the Red Wings picked up his second Cup with the team after beating the Washington Capitals in the Stanley Cup Final in 1998.
Lidstrom poses with the Norris Trophy in 2001 after being named the best defenseman in the league. It was the first of seven Norris Trophys won by Lidstrom during his career.
Top of the heap
Lidstrom holds up the Conn Smythe Trophy after being named the playoff MVP in 2002. The MVP award came the same year as Lidstrom's third Stanley Cup win.
Adding to the trophy case
Nicklas Lidstrom poses with the Stanley Cup and and Norris Trophy in 2002. He won the Cup for the third time that year and earned the Norris Trophy as the best defenseman in the NHL for a second year in a row.
Lidstrom is a four-time Olympian representing his home country of Sweden. He won a gold medal with the team in 2006. He was no stranger to winning on an international stage after nabbing a world championship with the Swedish team in 1991.
Passing the torch
Former Detroit Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman shakes hands with Nicklas Lidstrom in 2006. It was Lidstrom's first season to wear the "C" in Detroit after taking over the captaincy from Yzerman.
In 2008, Lidstrom once again won the Stanley Cup with Detroit -- the fourth in his career -- and became the first European-born captain to hoist the Cup.
Hang it up
Nicklas Lidstrom announced his retirement during a news conference in Detroit on May 31 after his 20-year career. He played with the Red Wings during that entire time.