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NHL star Nicklas Lidstrom retires after 20 seasons

Nicklas Lidstrom is so used to being great that the star defenseman refused to settle for just being good.Lidstrom retired after 20 quietly spectacular seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, leaving a legacy of greatness on and off the ice along with perhaps another $6 million he could have made with a third straight one-year contract.The four-time Stanley Cup champion and seven-time Norris Trophy winner fought back tears as he made the announcement Thursday. He said he knew it was time to end one of the best careers in NHL history when he started to work out recently."My drive and motivation are not where they to need to be to play at this level," Lidstrom said.The 42-year-old Swede set an NHL record by playing 1,564 games with a single team. He had put retirement on hold in each of the previous two years by signing one-year contracts."I've been dreading this day since I became manager in 1997," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said.When Lidstrom told him last week that he was retir...

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