FLORIDA — The Coyotes announced Tuesday that defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom has died at age 90.
The team said Lidström passed away peacefully in his sleep in the hospital after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Lidstroms last game was Feb. 14, 1995.
The Coyotes will honor Lidstrems memory in the coming days and weeks, the team said in a statement.
Lidstrom was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the first round (10th overall) of the 1961 NHL Entry Draft.
He won a Stanley Cup with the Devils and the Art Ross Trophy as league MVP in 1962-63, leading the NHL in goals and points during his career.
Lids first game as a Coyotes player came Oct. 30, 1965, when the team played the Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference Final.
The club also announced that defenseman Brad Richards has died.
The NHL said in late March that Richards, who played with the Flyers from 1991-97, passed away at age 81.
Richards was inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame in 1996.