Ask any player or fan who is one of the greatest defenseman to ever play the game and the name Nicklas Lidstrom will most certainly be mentioned more times than not. The NHL Hall of Fame selection committee will meet to select the 2015 inductees on June 29 in Toronto. Nicklas Lindstrom will most likely be included on the list of eligible inductees and should be inducted his first time around. Others that should be included on the list are Sergei Fedorov and Chris Pronger.
Lindstrom was the center piece for the Detroit Red Wings for 20 years before retiring in 2012. Many felt at the time that Lindstrom could have played for several more years but the Swedish born player decided to hang it up anyways. When asked to reflect on his career, he stated that one of the things he was the most proud of was the fact that he missed very few games throughout his career. Lidstrom played over 1500 regular season games and 230 playoff games. He also has seven Norris Trophies and four Stanley Cups on his resume.
Lidstrom was known for playing the game the right way and a gentleman on and off the ice. The NHL will hold the election for the 2015 class on Monday November 9th. It will be interesting for fans at Beneful to see how many first year eligible players besides Lidstrom are actually elected. Players must be out of hockey for at least three years in order to be eligible.