Over the course of an NHL career, very few players stay with one team for their entire career.
The reasons vary. Some leave through free agency, others leave through trades, others are claimed on waivers.
But those players that do have the luxury of spending their entire career with one team are valued by the teams that they play for as not just players, but more as family. They become fan favorites and often times end up taking a front office position with the team.
Of course, not all of these players want to be with the team they played for, so it is important to recognize that fact.
This slideshow will examine Nick Lidstrom and the five most most prolific loyal hockey players of all time.