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Tomas Holmstrom is the Red Wings’ Masterton nominee

Mar 25, 2012, 3:31 PM EDT

Mike Smith, Tomas Holmstrom AP

The Masterton Trophy nominations continue to roll in and there’s another fascinating player being selected by his hometown media.

Detroit’s Tomas Holmstrom gets the call today as the Red Wings nominee for the award and Ansar Khan from Mlive.com hears it from Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom about what makes Holmstrom the team’s ideal choice.

“We know what he’s been going through with his bad knees,” Lidstrom said. “We know the beating he’s been taking in front of the net and in the offensive zone, but he keeps getting back in there. He’s got so much determination and will. You can tell with his bad knees that he’s not giving up at all.”

 Holmstrom joins Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke and Nashville’s Jordin Tootoo as Masterton nominees that don’t have sparkling reputations for one reason or another. Cooke being a reformed player and Tootoo’s escape from his personal demons make for much more captivating stories than Holmstrom, however. That won’t stop fans from twitching when hearing their names or seeing them on the ice for a game.

  1. cup0pizza - Mar 25, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    Well, he certainly never has been and never will be a Lady Byng candidate.

  2. lolnowhy - Mar 25, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    ive never seen another man who looks so much like an ape

  3. bagjr387 - Mar 25, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    he deserves more than the other candidates. guy has taken a beating for years

    • michiganhockey11 - Mar 26, 2012 at 10:07 AM

      Like Dino did before him. Minus that incident he has when he was a North Star.

  4. hockinj25 - Mar 25, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    It doesn’t necessarily have to be somebody that comes back from injury so he could get consideration. He definitely exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to the game.

  5. thehighcountrybear - Mar 25, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    lolnowhy: looked in mirror lately? What an idiot comment directed at a player renowned for his easy going and self-deprecating humor.

    • lolnowhy - Mar 26, 2012 at 1:30 AM

      that doesn’t change the fact that he straight up looks like a chimp

      • michiganhockey11 - Mar 26, 2012 at 9:57 AM

        You might also want to add that the guy you think looks like a chimp has 4 Stanley Cup Rings.

        Hater.

      • lolnowhy - Mar 26, 2012 at 5:04 PM

        riding on the backs of guys who did the real heavy lifting like the majority of the Soviet Red team in 1997 and 1998, Brett Hull, Luc Robitaille, and Brendan Shanahan in 2002, and Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg in 2008

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