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Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, shown Nov. 2, 1997 might be the best defenseman in the NHL but in a year, he could be the best defenseman in Sweden, a concession that Lidstrom may be willing to make for his family. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Nicklas Lidstrom

Detroit Red Wings Nicklas Lidstrom announced his retirement during a news conference in Detroit, Thursday, May 31, 2012.