Tomas Sandström

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Tomas Sandström
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Born (1964-09-04) September 4, 1964 (age 52)
Jakobstad, Finland
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 209 lb (95 kg; 14 st 13 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Left
Played for New York Rangers
Los Angeles Kings
Pittsburgh Penguins
Detroit Red Wings
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 36th overall, 1982
New York Rangers
Playing career 1982–2002

Tomas Sandström (born September 4, 1964) is a Swedish retired professional ice hockey right winger who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1984 to 1999. Sandstöm grew up in Fagersta, Sweden.

Olympic medal record
Representing  Sweden
Men's ice hockey
Bronze medal – third place 1984 Sarajevo Ice hockey

Playing career[edit]

Sandström was selected 36th overall by the New York Rangers in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft. Sandstöm played 983 career NHL games, scoring 394 goals and 462 assists for 856 points, and also registered 1,193 career penalty minutes. Sandstöm won the Stanley Cup in 1997 with the Detroit Red Wings, assisting on Darren McCarty's game-winning goal in Game 4 of the 1997 Stanley Cup Finals against the Philadelphia Flyers.

A skilled power forward, he was effective when healthy but his career was marred by injuries due to his physical style of play.

After being acquired with Tony Granato by Los Angeles Kings in January 1990 for former 70 goal scorer Bernie Nicholls, the two newest additions to Los Angeles combined with Wayne Gretzky to form a potent top line in Los Angeles. The line displayed its full dominance in the 1990 first round series against the defending Stanley Cup champion Calgary Flames, particularly in game 4, with both Sandstrom and Granato scoring hat tricks while Gretzky had a goal and five assists in a 12-4 rout. Sandstrom suffered through several serious injuries during his tenure with Los Angeles. He suffered a sucker punch from Edmonton Oiler Glenn Anderson which left him with a scratched cornea and broken cheekbone in a February 28, 1990 matchup that set the NHL record for most penalties called in a game with 85. A collision with Edmonton Oilers Craig Muni caused a fractured leg in the 1991 Smythe Division Finals. Doug Gilmour, of the Toronto Maple Leafs, slashed and fractured Sandstrom's forearm in November 1992.

Sandström was a key component of the Kings' run to the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals, after missing most of the regular season with a broken jaw. Sandström finished third in playoff scoring after Gretzky and Toronto's Gilmour.

Today, Sandström works as a firefighter in Skanör, Sweden.

Transactions[edit]

Achievements[edit]

  • All-Star Selection, Forward, 1983 IIHF world junior hockey championships[1]
  • Named to the 1985 NHL All-Rookie Team.
  • Ranked No. 70 on the all-time list of New York Rangers in the book 100 Ranger Greats (John Wiley & Sons, 2009).
  • Played in 1991 All Star Game in Chicago representing the Los Angeles Kings and registered one assist on a Wayne Gretzky goal.
  • Won 1997 Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings.

Sandström also holds the distinction of being one of the only wingers to play with both Mario Lemieux (while in Pittsburgh) and Wayne Gretzky (while in LA).[citation needed]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1979–80 Fagersta HK Swe-2 6 1 1 2 0
1980–81 Fagersta HK Swe-3 20 23 5 28
1981–82 Fagersta HK Swe-2 32 28 11 39 74
1982–83 Brynäs IF SEL 36 23 14 37 50
1983–84 Brynäs IF SEL 34 19 10 29 81
1984–85 New York Rangers NHL 74 29 30 59 51 3 0 2 2 0
1985–86 New York Rangers NHL 73 25 29 54 109 16 4 6 10 20
1986–87 New York Rangers NHL 64 40 34 74 60 6 1 2 3 20
1987–88 New York Rangers NHL 69 28 40 68 95
1988–89 New York Rangers NHL 79 32 56 88 148 4 3 2 5 12
1989–90 New York Rangers NHL 48 19 19 38 100
1989–90 Los Angeles Kings NHL 28 13 20 33 28 10 5 4 9 19
1990–91 Los Angeles Kings NHL 68 45 44 89 106 10 4 4 8 14
1991–92 Los Angeles Kings NHL 49 17 22 39 70 6 0 3 3 8
1992–93 Los Angeles Kings NHL 39 25 27 52 57 24 8 17 25 12
1993–94 Los Angeles Kings NHL 51 17 24 41 59
1993–94 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 27 6 11 17 24 6 0 0 0 4
1994–95 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 47 21 23 44 42 12 3 3 6 16
1994–95 Malmö IF SEL 12 10 5 15 14
1995–96 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 58 35 35 70 69 18 4 2 6 30
1996–97 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 40 9 15 24 33
1996–97 Detroit Red Wings NHL 34 9 9 18 36 20 0 4 4 24
1997–98 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 77 9 8 17 64
1998–99 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 58 15 17 32 42 4 0 0 0 4
1999–2000 Malmö IF SEL 42 16 13 29 28 6 3 2 5 10
2000–01 Malmö IF SEL 50 17 9 26 90 8 3 3 6 60
2001–02 Malmö IF SEL 37 8 7 15 40 5 0 1 1 6
SEL totals 211 93 58 151 303 19 6 6 12 76
NHL totals 983 394 463 857 1193 139 32 49 81 183

International[edit]

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1982 Sweden EJC 5 5 2 7 16
1983 Sweden WJC 7 9 3 12
1984 Sweden WJC 7 4 3 7 12
1984 Sweden OLY 7 2 1 3 6
1984 Sweden CC 8 1 1 2 2
1985 Sweden WC 10 3 6 9 18
1987 Sweden WC 8 4 6 10 6
1989 Sweden WC 10 4 3 7 14
1991 Sweden CC 6 1 2 3 8
1998 Sweden OLY 4 0 1 1 0
Junior totals 19 18 8 26
Senior totals 53 15 20 35 54

References[edit]

  1. ^ Collins gem Hockey Facts and Stats 2009-10, p.515, Andrew Podnieks, Harper Collins Publishers Ltd, Toronto, Canada, ISBN 978-1-55468-621-6

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