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by George Malik on 02/28/14 at 04:14 PM ET
The worst thing I can say about Nicklas Lidstrom, close to two years after he retired, is the truth: From every indication I've read over the past twenty-two months, Lidstrom has consistently and repeatedly stated that he is very, very happy being retired, enjoying the heck out of coaching kids' hockey for his alma mater, Vasteras IK, and living in a gorgeous house with a lake-front view.
Ahead of next Thursday's #5 retirement ceremony, the Red Wings published two articles, first offering a superb "By the Numbers" look at Lidstrom's career, and this afternoon (via RedWingsFeed), re-posting Bill Roose's year-old conversation with a...SIGH...Incredibly happily retired Lidstrom...From last February.
I can assure you that Lidstrom, whose work with Vasteras IK's 13-year-old's team amounts to a 5-day-a-week job in his words, hasn't changed a lick in terms of his enjoyment of his new role or his desire to retain showcasing his hockey skills on a rink full of kids who weren't born until after Lidstrom won his first Stanley Cup:
“I miss being in the locker room, being around the guys,” Lidstrom said. “When you’re watching the game and it’s the heat of the moment as a player that’s where you want to be. I miss that too.”
Lidstrom said that he’s easing into the new chapter of his life, helping coach his youngest son’s hockey team, occasionally scouting Swedish junior games in his hometown for the Red Wings, and being around his family a lot more.
“Just the every day of being home with the family, helping out with kids’ practices and taking them to school in the morning, picking them up in the afternoon,” he said. “Just the every day things you weren't around for in the past.”
One thing Lidstrom won’t be doing is planning a comeback, either to the NHL, or the Swedish national team. He ruled out both when asked Friday morning.
“It’s fun watching (games) and I know how fun it is playing, too,” he said, “but I also know what it takes to be there and that's something I can't be up to that level of play where I want to be. That was the main reason I retired and why I'm still retired.”
Roose continues, and nothing's changed since last February.
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