Nicklas Lidström has announced his retirement. The three-time Stanley Cup champion has called it a career after 20 seasons in the National Hockey League, all of which were played with the Detroit Red Wings. Lidström was a seven-time Norris Trophy winner as the league’s best defenceman. He was also the Conn Smythe Trophy winner of the 2002 Stanley Cup playoffs. At the international level, he won gold in both the IIHF World Championships (1991) and Olympic Ice Hockey Tournament (2006).
There are more than 2,200 items on the Nicklas Lidström Collector’s Index, the oldest of which are the 1989-90 Semic Elitserien stickers from Lidström’s playing days with Västerås. His first NHL cards were issued in 1991-92, the year he debuted with the Red Wings.
In terms of Nicklas Lidström Auction Action, there have been a number of game-worn items sold over the last dozen years. In honour of Lidström’s career, we take a look at a few of those items. At the moment, there are three Lidström lots open via classicauctions.net: a lot featuring his game-used skates and stick, a lot featuring all-star jerseys of Lidström and Chris Chelios, and a lot featuring equipment from Lidström, Larry Murphy and Viacheslav Fetisov.
The most recent Lidström game-worn jersey sold at auction just last week via gamewornauctions.net (pictured). The jersey closed at $2,691 after 21 bids on May 22, 2012. That’s about par for the course these days, as a Lidström gamers have sold in the $2,500-ballpark via Classic and MeiGray over the last two seasons.
1. 2003-04 Detroit Red Wings Nicklas Lidström game-worn jersey
High bid of $3,050 U.S. (Classic, 10 March 2004)
2. 1994-95 Detroit Red Wings Nicklas Lidström game-worn jersey
High bid of $2,691 U.S. (Gamewornauctions, May 22, 2012)
3. Detroit Red Wings Nicklas Lidström game-worn jersey and equipment
High bid of $2,541 U.S. (Classic, Nov. 1, 2011)
4. 2010-11 Detroit Red Wings Nicklas Lidström game-worn jersey Jukka Nieminen Charity
High bid of $2,521 U.S. (MeiGray, Dec. 30, 2010)
5. 2004 NHL All-Star Nicklas Lidström game-worn jersey
High bid of $2,001 U.S. (MeiGray, Feb. 19, 2004)