Nicklas Lidstrom: Ageless and Still the NHL’s Best Defenseman at Age 40

November 10th, 2010 by Greg Eno Leave a reply »
The best hockey defenseman in the world is 40 years old, but that’s by birth certificate only. He has the shell of a 40-year-old but the insides of someone 20 years his junior.

Nick Lidstrom isn’t a human being. I’ve come to that conclusion. He’s a robot, the result of some mad scientist’s secret project. Mike Babcock doesn’t coach Lidstrom, he just makes sure Nick’s battery pack gets plugged in after every game.

The paperwork will tell you that Lidstrom was drafted in 1989. Don’t believe it; that’s when he was animated.

The Red Wings keep Lidstrom in storage all summer and then break him out in October for another 82-game sojourn through the NHL. Babcock sends him over the boards to the tune of 25-30 minutes a night and that’s the end of the coach’s worries about Lidstrom’s performance.

Lidstrom has played in the league for about 20 years and there isn’t a scratch on him. In a game of ramrodding and elbows to the mouth and crosschecks to the back, Lidstrom has emerged virtually unscathed after two decades. He’s not human.

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