Kings’ Penner tweets Lidstrom in Swedish

Translation: Congratulations to Nick Lidstrom on a first-ballot Hall of Fame career. It was an honour to chase you around the ice and never catch you.

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NHL players, fans react to Lidstrom’s retirement

Upon the news of Nicklas Lidstrom’s retirement after 20 brilliant seasons for the Detroit Red Wings, NHL players and diehard fans took to the Twitter machine to express their feelings.

Storified by SNHockeyCentral · Thu, May 31 2012 14:04:30

Lidstrom retiring is the worst thing to happen to Detroit since the colapse of the auto industry. #LidstromPaul Bissonnette
Congrats to Nick Lidstrom on a great career. Made the game look way too easy. Fun to watch even from the bench…Kevin Bieksa
Sad day for all hockey lovers with Lidstrom announcing his retirement. Amazing career by the big #5 He will be missed #legend #thebestCarl Gunnarsson
Lidstrom was a guy every player caught themselves watching in awe mid game. Game’s not supposed to be that easy. Was an honor playing vs himRyan Whitney
Seems like it will be a bit easier to play vs the wings next year. What a career he’s had! One of the all time greats #5Viktor Stalberg
What a career for Lidstrom. Bobby Orr and him top 2 defenseman to play. #classact #morepatiencethanahospitalMichael Del Zotto
Nick Lidstrom was the reason I wore #5 growing up and have wanted to wear it ever since.Steven Kampfer
I want to wish a happy retirement to Nick Lidstrom, my idol growing up and the classiest act in the game. What a great careerCameron Fowler
Congratulation to Nick Lidstrom on a legendary career.. He is the true definition of a role model and it was an honor to play against himKevin Shattenkirk
Had the privilege of growing up watching and playing against Nick Lidstrom #OneOfTheBest #ClassActDave Moss
omg Nick Lidstrom can put on a retirement speech . Great player / winnerLappy
On and off the ice #classy #HOF #alltimegreatJames van Riemsdyk
Not many athletes can retire while still being one of the best players in the game. Congrats to Nick Lidstrom on a great career.Logan Couture
Tough to see Lidstrom hang up the skates. One of the best all time on and off the ice. He will be missed! #LegendTyler Bozak
#SNPlayoffs news. #Redwings Nik Lidstrom is expected to retire tomorrow at his press conference. Congrat’s on a great career.Nick Kypreos
Nick Lidstrom is trending Worldwide! Announcement to come at 11:00 AM tomorrow.Detroit Red Wings
But seriously though, I am not commenting on Nick’s pending retirement until I hear it come out of his mouth.Mike Commodore
nick lidstrom you will be missed #sadtweet Reinhart
Today is not good at all. I’m already in tears over Lidstrom, and it isn’t even official yet. :/Christina Roberts
Stepping out of class to watch Lidstrom announce his retirement <<<<< #theperfecthumanSteve Basinski
With Lidstrom retiring, it feels like another part of my childhood has gone. #notmanyleftnowBenn
Not much of a basketball guy but tim Duncan & nick lidstrom seem to share many characteristics. Old, old teams, proven, quiet. Still got itMichael Sorensen
Been tossing and turning since 8 this morning thinking about Lidstrom retiring. We all knew it was going to happen but it sucks anyways.Nick Popovski
Nicklas Lidstrom is one of those players I’ll be telling my grandchildren about. Congrats on an absolutely stellar career.Shelby
As an Avs fan, I have always respected #Lidstrom. Next stop, #HHOF.Vassili Cremanzidis
Lidstrom has never missed the playoffs. #whataguy #bestever #purebeautTyler Johnson
The Red Wings are bidding farewell to a legend…that being said, Suter should start house shopping in Motown. #RedWings #lidstromCurtis Reid
Come on Lidstrom, just one more year bud! #StanleyCupNextYearAlex King