Bobby Orr had 8.
I was in the process of making a thread.. Lidstrom is such an inspiration to all young hockey players and people everywhere.
Also, that guy who said he wants to be in jail with Lidstrom was funny / creepy..
What other awards have been awarded?
He's an absolute class act. One of the best defensemen who ever lived. Can't wait to see his sweater hanging up in the Joe (or new Red Wings arena) someday
I know he probably will be done after next season, so let's hope every home game the fans give him the proper send off.
I would have been devastated if Lidstrom retired right now when he still has so much ability.
Really impressive that he keeps playing at such a high level
How about making it eight Norris Trophies and five Cups in 2012?
Lidstrom is taken for granted by so many Red Wings fans and hockey fans in general. Just a class act that quietly does his job.
I dont believe this is remotely true.
If that's directed at the "class act that quietly does his job," then this wins the award for dumbest post ever.
If it's directed at the "He's taken for granted," it could be true. Detroit doesn't take him for granted, but I think a lot of other people do.
Exactly. That's what I mean. He has been here so long and consistently produces year in and year out that it's more of a spoiled thing than a taken for granted thing, I guess.
It was directed at the not appreciated comment. In my many many years as a Wings fan, i've yet to think somone is taking him for granted. I personally am freaked the fck out about how we're gonna even TRY to replace him...
I think the vast majority of hockey fans that like the sport enough to watch a game outside their home market do appreciate Lidstrom. I think he's generally recognized as 1) the best defenseman in a generation, and 2)a top 15 player all time. Admittedly his due recognition in Detroit only came after he ws captain for a couple of years, but I think the appreciation is there.
I can't think of 14 players better than Lidstrom. Maybe I could think of 9.
Top 10 for sure in my book.
removes red colored glasses. He's easily the best European of all time, to say the least.
It's easy to be overshadowed when Stevie Y was still here. When Stevie played, he WAS the Wings.
IIRC The Captain said that Lidstrom was their best player.
I've been very happy to see them play for the Red Wings. It's a special thing to have long careers with one team.
One more Cup (at least) before Lidstrom retires, plz!
He cleaned up on Norris trophies before Stevie Y retired and wore the A for years and was already being called one of the greatest D-Men of his time. He won the Conn Smythe back in 02 as well. He's been appreciated for a long time. I'd agree if you said he wasn't really appreciated until he started winning Norris trophies but he was a pretty young player then and we had a bunch of veteran d-men for a while.
how epically awesome you need to be to win a trophy named after Chuck. To win it 7 times (including at 40 years old) they starting to consider naming a trophy after you.
I'm in Vegas for the awards now! Of course, I didn't get to go to the actual ceremony and wear a tux or anything, but still cool.
Should be required to meet up with Paul Bissonnette that dude is a beauty!!!
Stick around a few more years to make it 9 times winning the Norris.
What a great guy to lead the team. I feel so spoiled being a wings fan.
I can't watch them, but did the Selke or Lady Byng get announced yet? Seems like Datsyuk might not be able to win the Selke, and I'm not sure about Lidstrom's chances with Lady Byng (which is the worst name for a trophy ever)
Selke went to Ryan Kesler
Selke went to Kesler.
Datsyuk really doesn't want to win the Lady Byng any more.
Sucks that Datsyuk was out for so long or else he probably would have won the Selke. I have no argument against Kesler winning it though.
they should just have have an award for "greatest most complete player ever award," Called the Datsyuk
That's what the Selke is...
Kesler and Toews are still very good offensive players.
That's he's a Buckeye is a good enough argument for me.
make Lidstrom the oldest person to win the Norris? I'd assume so, but if anybody has more presice data, it would be welcome. Also, is that a distinction he already had, or did he slip past someone else in the last two years?
coffey doesnt belong in the same sentence with orr and lidstrom. he was a purely offensive defenseman who was often a liability on the back end. also, he played with gretzky, lemieux, and yzerman/fedorov during the prime of his career. you put a guy like mike green into coffey's spot on those teams, and i dont think you'd see much of a drop off.
ray bourque, eddie shore, doug harvey, red kelly, chris chelios, and denis potvin are all higher on the list than coffey.
Coffee had an extra gear. He wasn't great in his own zone but he's an underrated defensemen. I don't think you'll see another player like Coffey ever again. And so what if he played with great players? What great players haven't had talent around them? Gretzky played with Messier and Kurri. Lemieux played with Francis and Jagr, Sakic had Roy and Forsberg. I'm too young to have watched him in person but from the footage I've seen, there won't be another player like him again. Talent wise, a player like that will exist and system wise, the NHL is a different league now.
People have made similar complaints about Orr: great offensive defenseman; changed how defenders play the game; "solid..." defender is what some have said. Unfortunately I was too young to watch Coffey, but lots of good players get to play with other good players. Can't disqualify him for having talented teammates.
All homerism aside, Yzerman should have won the GM award.
Jay Mohr just pronounced Yzerman 'whyzerman', and it wasn't a joke. Probably a teleprompter reading goof, but c'mon!
Wait a minute.. Stevie Y didn't win?! That's straight up blasphemy. No one did a better job, especially in his first season. Who won it?
Mike Gillis from Vancouver. It really shouldn't have even been close.
i can understand gillis winning the award. vancouver had a beast of a year, and assembling the mass of talent that they had, and doing as well as they did, despite the injuries they faced, was amazing.
Easily the player I hate the most in the league currently. Always picking on smaller guys like Pavs but doesn't really have the nuts to stand up to guys his own size.
Sedins can't win the big one.'
Glad to see Timmy win another Vezina. Well deserved. Hope he goes for 3 next year.
Sometimes as fans we not only take Nick, but the Wings for granted. They have been the model of consistency for the last 20 years. It will be interesting to see what Ken Holland does, with the cap money he has. Free agent pickings are pretty slim this year.
Not at defense. We don't need to shake too much up offensively. Dumping Hudler would be step one. Nothing major though.
My favorite player!
P.S. Award person, it is NOT pronounced Lindstrom!
Dierks Bentley is singing to a snoozing crowd. Total buzzkill.
Lidstrom and Vlad as rookies in '91. Thought it was a cool pic given tonight's milestone and puts a little perspective on how long he's been around.
Konstantinov had the talent to win the Norris.
Vlad was my favorite player. He's come so far and we're all proud, but damn...
such a talented and vibrant person whose career was cut short so cruelly and abruptly. it just makes you think what could've been, had vladdy not been in the car crash, and had jiri fischer not suffered from heart problems. the wings would've probably won at least one more cup in the past decade, probably more.
Another piece of hardware to add to his collection. The man gets better with age.