Nicklas Lidstrom turns down coaching role with Red Wings for now
Nicklas Lidstrom is one of the greatest hockey players of all time He spent his entire NHL career with the Detroit Red Wings, a career that spanned 20 seasons. Lidstrom retired after the 2011-12 season after having helped the team win four Stanley Cups.
With a man of such legendary status, it’s understandable to think that his former team would want to bring him on board as a coach. According to Lidstron, Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock did exactly that and offered the Swedish legend a role as a coach.
“It’s true that he called and asked if I was interested in taking one of the spots as an assistant coach for the upcoming season,” Lidstrom told Sweden’s Sport Expressen, per the QMI Agency‘s translation. “I was very proud of the offer, it was really flattering.”
Lidstrom cited a reluctance to move his family from Sweden as the main reason why he turned the Red Wings and Babcock down. But he didn’t close the door on the offer completely adding:
“You should never say never,” he said. “We’ll see how we feel when we’ve been home for a few more years.”
Lidsrtom won the James Norris Memorial Trophy seven times, the Conn Smyth Trophy once and was voted into 12 All Star games. He was the first European trained captain to win the Stanley Cup.