Nicklas Lidstrom Retirement: Twitter Reacts to Hall of Famer's Farewell

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Nicklas Lidstrom Retirement: Twitter Reacts to Hall of Famer's Farewell
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Thursday was a very sad day for the hockey world as Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom retired from the NHL after a 20-year hall of fame career.

Per ESPN.com:

"It's one of the most emotional days in Red Wings history with Nick retiring and all you people showing your respect for such a high-quality individual," Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch said at a packed news conference that included a slew of team employees wearing Lidstrom's No. 5 red jersey with a winged wheel.

Lidstrom and Boston Bruins legend Bobby Orr are the two greatest defenseman of all-time, and the game will really miss the Red Wings star's class and respect on and off the ice.

The hockey community was full of praise for Lidstrom on Thursday, so let's look at some of the best tweets from journalists, players, and fans on the day Lidstrom said goodbye to the NHL.

 

Lidstrom didn't have the same motivation that he used to have, which always a sign that it may be time to leave the game.

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland was right on the money with his comments on describing No. 5's career.

San Jose Sharks star Logan Couture shared his feelings on Lidstrom's retirement.

Lidstrom seemed confident at his press conference that he chose the right time to retire.

Lidstrom was a true professional on and off the ice, and one of the classiest players you will ever see.

His seven Norris Trophies are tied for the second most all-time.

Nick Costonika of Yahoo Sports shares a great quote from Lidstrom's press conference.

Troy Mick hopes more players conduct themselves like Lidstrom.

Philadelphia Flyers forward James Van Riemsdyk was happy he got to play against Lidstrom.

Current Tampa Bay Lightning GM and former Red Wings captain and teammate of Lidstrom's Steve Yzerman had high praise for his friend.

 

Lidstrom was an unbelievable human being and I feel very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to cover him this season at the Red Wings and Bruins matchup back in November in Boston. He will not only go down as one of the best defensemen ever, but as one of the game's greatest leaders too.

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Not many people could have taken over as Red Wings captain and filled the shoes of Steve Yzerman when he retired in 2006, but Lidstrom was the perfect man for the role and he did a wonderful job in it.

It was really impossible to dislike Lidstrom, whether you like the Red Wings or not. He was a very likable player and treated the game and his opponents with respect.

Every young player who aspires to be an NHL player in life should watch many hours of Lidstrom highlights, because he is the best player to develop your game after.

Lidstrom was a champion and a great man. The NHL will miss him dearly as he begins his retirement.

 

Nicholas Goss is a Boston Bruins Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and has covered the team firsthand since the 2010-11 season. He was also the organization's on-site reporter for the 2011 Stanley Cup Final in Boston.

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