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HOCKEY

"Mr Perfect" calls it a day

Published torsdag 31 maj 2012 kl 11.09
Swedish NHL legend Lidström retires
(2:44 min)
Nicklas Lidström is retiring after 20 years. Photo: Carlos Osorio/Scanpix.

Legendary NHL Swedish hockey player Nicklas Lidström is to retire from the game at the age of 42. The quiet Swede known as "Mr Perfect" has called a press conference in the United States for 5 p.m. Swedish time.

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Tributes have been pouring in for the defenceman who played his entire NHL career for one club - the Detroit Red Wings. In an National Hockey League career spanning over 20 years, Lidström won four Stanley Cups, seven James Norris Memorial Trophies as the NHL's best defenceman, and one Conn Smythe Trophy as the Playoff Most Valuable Player.

Lidström's best moment for the Swedish national team was undoubtedly his goal in a 3-2 victory over Finland in the Olympic final of 2006.

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