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Nice guys don’t finish first on a regular basis. Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom did just that

One more: Fox Sports Detroit’s Dana Wakiji launches into a lovely column about Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom’s genuine humility and all-out-niceness, which perhaps proves that, occasionally, nice guys do finish first, with the following…

Having covered sports for almost 17 years in Detroit, I have had the privilege of meeting and interviewing some of the top athletes, coaches, managers and general managers in the four major sports and in college sports as well.

Many of them are down-to-earth, humble, kind people. Others are, well, a little more enthralled with themselves than they should be.

Lidstrom is, without question, the most patient, generous and down-to-earth of all of them, especially when you consider all of his accomplishments.

Very few professional athletes win four championships, a playoff MVP, Olympic gold, a world championship, seven trophies for being the best at his position, and make 12 All-Star teams. Lidstrom did all of that and more and never seemed to read his own press clippings, as the saying goes.

And then she speaks to Danny Cleary, Kris Draper and Chris Chelios about Lidstrom, recalls her own attempts to give Lidstrom a “plug,” and…Reminds us all that we are losing someone who was everything we wanted him to be, and more, simply because he was himself.

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