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by George Malik on 03/22/11 at 10:10 AM ET
Sweden has an official website, and in light of the fact that the City of
Novi will re-name a street in honor of Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom, Anders Wallin posted a profile of Lidstrom, who suggests that there are three reasons that he’s back in contention for the Norris Trophy at 40, after declaring that he’s “had the best job in the world for 20 years”
“Summer training has meant that I’ve been injury-free and always been able to play many matches during a season,” he says. “Then I’ve been lucky in that I’ve always been in a good team and have grown in confidence the older I’ve become. Finally, I think it has to do with positioning, your grasp of the game — knowing where to be on the ice.”
The acclaim showered on him is one of the things that drives Lidström to constantly seek improvement.
“I read what’s written about me and it acts as a spur,” he says. “It makes me want to maintain the same level of play — or better — in every match.”
Lidstrom won’t necessarily commit to playing beyond this season, but he sounds like he’s still enjoying what he does for a living:
Lidström’s age and his expiring contract have caused North American bloggers, columnists and TV commentators to speculate frequently on whether or not he will continue to play next season. So far, however, Lidström has not delivered his verdict.
“I still think playing ice hockey is fantastic fun, but I don’t know if I’ll keep going,” he says. “I’ll decide at the end of this season.”
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