Tomas Holmström

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Tomas Holmström
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Born (1973-01-23) 23 January 1973 (age 41)
Piteå, Sweden
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 203 lb (92 kg; 14 st 7 lb)
Position Wing
Shot Left
Played for Luleå HF
Detroit Red Wings
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 257th overall, 1994
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 1990–2012

Bengt Tomas Holmström (born 23 January 1973) is a retired Swedish ice hockey left winger who played for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL), where he has won four Stanley Cup championships. He is widely considered as one of the best in the game at screening goalies and causing havoc in front of the net.[1][2]

Playing career[edit]

Holmström was first noticed by Red Wings scout Håkan Andersson in 1993 during a national team selection camp, where Holmström missed the cut, then again the next year while playing with Boden where his coach, Niklas Wikegård, told Andersson that Holmström was the team's best player.[3] He was drafted 257th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft and began playing for the Red Wings in 1996. During the 2004–05 NHL lockout Holmström returned to Sweden to play for his old team, Luleå HF in the Swedish elite league Elitserien.

On 7 April 2007, Holmström scored his 30th goal of the 2006–07 season against the Chicago Blackhawks, achieving the first 30 goal season of his career.

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Holmström scored 12 points during the 2008 Stanley Cup playoffs as the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup for the fourth time in 11 years. On his day with the Cup, he had his cousin's daughter baptised in it.[4]

He was inducted into the Piteå Wall of Fame in 2006.

Initially Holmström was going to play in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. However, a knee injury sustained on 13 February 2010, in an NHL game against the Ottawa Senators prevented him from playing. It was announced on 14 February 2010 he would be replaced by friend and teammate Johan Franzén.[5] That announcement came from Tre Kronor's head coach Bengt-Åke Gustafsson.

In 2009–10, he scored 25 goals (2nd to Pavel Datsyuk's 27, including a team-high 13 on the power play), and 45 points in 68 regular-season games. On 4 June 2010, he agreed on a two year deal to remain in Detroit.

On 12 February 2012, Holmström became only the 6th Red Wing and 272nd NHL player to play 1,000 games.[6]

After the retirement of Nicklas Lidstrom at the end of the 2011-12 season, Tomas Holmstrom was the last active player from the 1996-97 and 1997-98 Stanley Cup winning Detroit teams to still play with the Detroit Red Wings.

On January 22, 2013, Tomas Holmstrom announced his retirement just hours before the Detroit Red Wings home opener against the Dallas Stars.[7] As of January 2013, Holmstrom held the following records with the Red Wings: sixth in most regular season games played, fourth in playoff games played, and 13th in points.[8]

Playing style[edit]

Holmström was known for standing in front of the goal to screen the opposing goaltender.[9] Because he had to withstand hits from pucks as well as his opponents in this position, he wore several extra pads to protect his body.[10] During a playoff series against the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2009, Detroit coach Mike Babcock said of Holmström, "I think there's (defensemen) out there who think they might actually get to him. That's just not possible."[11]

Because of his obstructive playing style and close proximity to goalies and the crease, Holmström attained a reputation, and was often charged with goaltender interference penalties as well as occasionally having goals incorrectly called back because of his proximity to the crease. Holmström himself as well as Red Wings TV announcers Mickey Redmond and Ken Daniels and various national hockey pundits often questioned the legitimacy of these calls by the on-ice officials.[12][13]

Holmström was known to many fans in Detroit by the nickname of "Homer." He acquired the nickname "Demolition Man" while playing in Sweden (where he was also called "Holma").

Awards[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1990–91 Piteå HC Div.1 26 5 4 9 16
1991–92 Piteå HC Div.1 31 15 12 27 44
1992–93 Piteå HC Div.1 31 17 15 32 30
1993–94 Bodens IK Div.1 34 23 16 39 86
1994–95 Luleå HF SEL 40 14 14 28 56 8 1 2 3 20
1995–96 Luleå HF SEL 34 12 11 23 78 11 6 2 8 22
1996–97 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 6 3 1 4 7
1996–97 Detroit Red Wings NHL 47 6 3 9 33 1 0 0 0 0
1997–98 Detroit Red Wings NHL 57 5 17 22 44 22 7 12 19 16
1998–99 Detroit Red Wings NHL 82 13 21 34 69 10 4 3 7 4
1999–00 Detroit Red Wings NHL 72 13 22 35 43 9 3 1 4 16
2000–01 Detroit Red Wings NHL 73 16 24 40 40 6 1 3 4 8
2001–02 Detroit Red Wings NHL 69 8 18 26 58 23 8 3 11 8
2002–03 Detroit Red Wings NHL 74 20 20 40 62 4 1 1 2 4
2003–04 Detroit Red Wings NHL 67 15 15 30 38 12 2 2 4 10
2004–05 Luleå HF SEL 47 14 16 30 50 4 0 0 0 18
2005–06 Detroit Red Wings NHL 81 29 30 59 66 6 1 2 3 12
2006–07 Detroit Red Wings NHL 77 30 22 52 59 15 5 3 8 14
2007–08 Detroit Red Wings NHL 59 20 20 40 58 21 4 8 12 26
2008–09 Detroit Red Wings NHL 53 14 23 37 38 23 2 5 7 22
2009–10 Detroit Red Wings NHL 68 25 20 45 60 12 4 3 7 12
2010–11 Detroit Red Wings NHL 73 18 19 37 62 11 3 4 7 8
2011–12 Detroit Red Wings NHL 74 11 13 24 40 5 1 1 2 2
SEL totals 121 40 41 81 184 23 7 4 11 60
NHL totals 1,026 243 287 530 769 180 46 51 97 162

International[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  Sweden
Ice hockey
Winter Olympics
Gold 2006 Turin
Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
1996 Sweden WC 6 1 0 1 12
2002 Sweden Oly 4 1 0 1 2
2004 Sweden WCH 4 3 2 5 8
2006 Sweden Oly 8 1 3 4 10
Senior int'l totals 22 6 5 11 32

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ St. James, Helene (2008-05-29). "McCarty, Draper, Osgood ... those who stay will be champions". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 2008-07-23. [dead link]
  2. ^ Sassone, Tim (2009-04-19). "Bowman sees more net crashing than years ago". Daily Herald. Retrieved 2009-04-22. 
  3. ^ Manojlovic, Zoran (2005). "Håkan Andersson, scout extraordinaire". hockeysfuture.com. Retrieved 2008-05-25. 
  4. ^ "Wings' Holmstrom uses Stanley Cup in baptism". TSN. 2008-07-25. Retrieved 2008-07-25. 
  5. ^ "Holmström missar OS - Johan Franzén ersätter". 14 February 2010. Retrieved 14 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "Wings' four-time cup champion Holmstrom retires". National Hockey League. 2013-01-22. Retrieved 2013-01-22. 
  7. ^ "Red Wings' Tomas Holmstrom hangs up his skates". USA TODAY Sports. 2013-01-22. 
  8. ^ "Wings' Holmstrom retires: 'I had the greatest job in the world'". The Detroit News. 2013-01-22. 
  9. ^ Grossman, Evan (2007). "Hand ... eye ... puck ... stick ... goal!". NHL.com. Retrieved 2007-03-07. [dead link]
  10. ^ Wigge, Larry (2006). "Cry havoc and let slip Tomas Holmstrom!". NHL.com. Retrieved 2007-03-07. [dead link]
  11. ^ Khan, Bill (2009). "Whining and complaining doesn't help Columbus Blue Jackets in 4-0 Game 2 loss to Detroit Red Wings". mlive.com. Retrieved 2009-04-19. 
  12. ^ Malik, George. "Holmstrom's upset with 'reputation' calls based on goalie theatrics". MLive. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  13. ^ Shelton, Keith. "Stanley Cup Finals: Tomas Holmstrom vs. the Refs". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 

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