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Nicklas Erik Lidström (born April 28, 1970) is a Swedish professional ice hockey defenseman who has played his entire National Hockey League (NHL) career with the Detroit Red Wings, and is their captain. In his 19 NHL seasons, Lidström has won four Stanley Cups, seven James Norris Memorial Trophies as the NHL's best defenseman, and has been voted into eleven NHL All-Star Games. Except for the 2010-2011 season, where he registered a -2 rating, he has never had a minus +/- rating in a season. He is the first European-born and trained NHL captain to win the Stanley Cup , as well as the first European player named playoff MVP.

Representing Sweden, Lidström won the World Championship in 1991. At the 2006 Winter Olympics, Lidström was a major factor in Sweden's win over Finland in the finals, scoring the gold medal clinching goal, thus earning him a spot on the Olympic All-Star Team. He also became the 17th member of the Triple Gold Club. The Hockey News selected Lidström as the "Best European-trained player ever in the NHL". The Sporting News and Sports Illustrated selected Lidström as the "NHL Player of the Decade".

Lidström is considered the top NHL defenseman of his era, having won the Norris Trophy as the NHL's best defenseman three consecutive seasons from 2000–01 to 2002–03 and again from 2005–06 to 2007–08. He has been nominated for the award a total of ten times in the past twelve seasons, the first three times finishing as the runner-up, and has won it in six of the last nine (2004–05 had no winner due to the NHL lockout). In thirteen consecutive seasons (since 1995-96), he has finished no worse than 6th place in Norris Trophy voting.

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