#4 – First European Captain To Win A Stanley Cup
When Steve Yzerman retired after the 2006 season, the Detroit Red Wings tapped Nicklas Lidstrom to captain the team.
Lidstrom picked up where Yzerman left off and led Detroit to the Western Conference Finals before falling to the eventual Stanley Cup Champions: the Anaheim Ducks.
In the 2007-08 season, Lidstrom led the Wings back to the playoffs and into the Stanley Cup Finals against the upstart Pittsburgh Penguins. The Red Wings ended up beating the Penguins in six games to capture the Wings’ eleventh Stanley Cup and fourth for Nick Lidstrom.
Of course, this Cup had special significance to Lidstrom because it was his first as the captain and became the first European-born and trained captain to lift the Stanley Cup.