Nicklas Lidstrom Retiring: Twitter Reaction from Fans, Media and Players

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Nicklas Lidstrom Retiring: Twitter Reaction from Fans, Media and Players
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One of the greatest hockey careers of the modern era, if not the greatest, will come to an end on Thursday. It is being widely reported that Detroit Red Wings defenseman and captain Nicklas Lidstrom will retire after 20 seasons in the NHL.

The announcement spurred strong Twitter reaction from fellow NHL players, fans and members of the media. Here are some of those reactions.

From the Fans

NHL fans are an extremely passionate group, and in today's instant news cycle, it didn't take long for the reactions to start pouring in.

Adam Waugh, a hockey fan from Columbus, Ohio, expressed his gratitude for getting to meet Lidstrom recently:

The Vancouver Canucks' famous Green Men dropped their allegiances to appreciate what Lidstrom brought to the game:

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Angie, a hockey fan from Michigan, doesn't care who knows her loyalties during Thursday's press conference:

If/when Lidstrom announces his retirement tomorrow I'm going to probs start crying at work.

Hockey fan Amber, who supports the Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings and Red Wings, has a special place in her fandom for Lidstrom:

I loved Lidstrom more than I loved Yzerman. When I say Lidstrom has always been my fav player, I literally mean it.

Red Wings fan Joe Robinson is already looking to the future:

Even the Wings' most bitter rivals will miss Lidstrom, as evidenced by Chicago Blackhawks fan Ryan Steinacker:

Dave Shreeve, a hockey fan from Ontario, does not care what people think. He's a man, and he's going to cry:

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From the Media

The media is supposed to be objective, but even some of them couldn't help but express themselves on what's going to be a sad day for hockey.

ESPN's Pierre LeBrun hits the nail on the head:

On Lidstrom retiring: his greatness wasn't just measured by his incredible play on the ice, but just as much by his class off of it.

Colin Moriarty, an IGN Playstation Editor and a New York Islanders fan, reflects on the generational difference between himself and Lidstrom:

ESPN's John Buccigross thinks the NHL is losing something special as Lidstrom heads out:

Corey Masisak, a writer and editor for, doesn't think it's even close as to where Lidstrom stands among the league's best defensemen:

Darren Pang keeps it simple and sweet:

Josh Yohe, who covers the Pittsburgh Penguins for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, has no complaints about dealing with Lidstrom as a member of the media:

Ryan Dittrick, the website content coordinator with the Edmonton Oilers, ties this year's Stanley Cup Finals to Lidstrom's retirement announcement:

Alyonka Larionov, the daughter of Wings legend Igor Larionov and an NHL Network host, is sad to hear of the retirement of Lidstrom, seeing as she probably got more time with him than many of us ever could:

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From the Players

Some NHL players took to Twitter to express appreciation for a man they have not only grown up watching, but played against.

Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson appreciated how Lidstrom could help young hockey players:

San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture thinks Lidstrom is going out on top:

Phoenix Coyotes tough guy Paul Bissonnette can never resist using humor on Twitter, but he makes a valid point here:

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Toronto Maple Leafs forward Tyler Bozak, like so many others before him, keeps it simple:

New York Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto knows Lidstrom's place along another all-time great defenseman:

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