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Report: Tomas Holmstrom set to retire

Jan 7, 2013, 9:45 AM EDT


The Detroit Red Wings are set to lose another long-time member to retirement.

Goalie menace and power play goal scorer Tomas Holmstrom is set to call it a career according to Chuck Pleiness of the Macomb Daily in Michigan.

Earlier in the summer, it was believed Holmstrom and Nicklas Lidstrom’s fates would be intertwined as they’re very good friends. When Lidstrom announced his retirement, Holmstrom was still undecided on his future as recently as September.

Instead, at 39 years-old he’ll be retiring from the game and leaving behind a legacy that sees him as a folk hero in Detroit and despised by fans and goalies everywhere else.

In 15 seasons in the NHL, all with the Red Wings, Holmstrom won four Stanley Cups and finished with 243 goals. He also earned a reputation for bringing misery to opponents in front of the net thanks to his posterior and his stick work.

Detroit will likely give a shot to youngster Gustav Nyqvist to earn a larger role with the team and provide the goals they’ll lose with Holmstrom’s retirement.

  1. yanks33 - Jan 7, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Good luck Tomas…u were a hell of a player and a hell of a pest

  2. bcjim - Jan 7, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    I guess if you consider gooning it up in front of the net “playing” 15 years….ok.

    • miketoasty - Jan 7, 2013 at 10:26 AM

      Being a Pens fan, I have a ton of respect for this guy. I didn’t see him very often but every game he played in that I saw, he was always camped out in front of the net making life hell for goalies. I play in a pickup league and even then it’s still hard as hell to plant in front of the net and not get checked to oblivion.

      Great guy made one hell of a living doing something most others couldn’t or wouldn’t even dare to.

    • valoisvipers - Jan 7, 2013 at 10:45 AM

      Wow how can you say that? Hommer was no goon if anything he was a masochist. The pounding,the hacks,whacks and chops he endured to stay in front of the goalie as a screen or to deflect the puck was painful to watch and rarely did he fight. He was one the great role players of all time playing a role that not to many people could do and do as well as he could.

  3. michiganhockey11 - Jan 7, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    It’s been a good ride Homer. Glad you could help give us 4 cups in 11 years. Haters will hate, but you, like many others before you, were a role player and a good one at that. You had to fill some pretty big shoes when Dino left. I’m sure you got plenty of scars on your back like he did as well. Enjoy retirement and your 4 rings.

    • rtrmusic - Jan 7, 2013 at 11:15 AM

      Love how you directed your comment to Tomas Holmstrom, as if he’s actually reading this article. Did he like your comment yet? Didn’t know you two were on a nickname basis. Glad to know you were on that ride with him.

      • michiganhockey11 - Jan 7, 2013 at 11:40 AM

        So did yanks33 in his comment above as well. Who cares what type of narrative a comment is written in? Didn’t know you were a brown-shirt for the grammar SS.

      • jeffersonkostilnick - Jan 7, 2013 at 11:57 AM

        I bet this dude asks celebs for retweets on his birthday and he wishes them happy birthday on his facebook. Come on man, he aint seeing this…so why the heart melting “goodbye” from you? I am surprised you did not use a hash tag at some point.

      • michiganhockey11 - Jan 7, 2013 at 1:28 PM

        If you have to ask why true hockey fans talk the way they do about their favorite teams players, or why Steelers fans talk the way they do about the teams players, or why Yankees fans talk the way they do about the teams players, maybe you shouldn’t be in your mom’s basement trolling the internet.

        Hockey players are very approachable and live in many of our communities, interact with fans better than other sports, and many of them are pretty good guys. You’re just a jealous douche.

    • rtrmusic - Jan 7, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      michiganhockey11 probably uses hashtags on Facebook all the while using words like Fail, Bro and Chill.

      • jeffersonkostilnick - Jan 7, 2013 at 12:59 PM

        Don’t forget Epic and Winning…

      • chandlerco20 - Jan 8, 2013 at 8:51 AM


  4. lostpuppysyndrome - Jan 7, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Yet another “why couldn’t WE have one of those guys?”-type player gone from the NHL. Bummer. All the same, f*&% the Wings 😉

    • lionstigersandwingsohmy - Jan 7, 2013 at 7:34 PM

      Yah, well same to the………………… puppies?

  5. redwingsfan999 - Jan 7, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Gonna miss u Holmer, I can’t believe there r no more wings players left from the 90s era, wonder whos gonna take Holmers place

  6. budzo83 - Jan 7, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    I live in the Detroit area and I am NOT a Wings fan, but I have to call shanannigans on this one… As valoisvipers put it, the guy was a masochist as far as what he was willing to do to his body to make a play. And when it comes to deflections, I truly believe he was the best in the business (of active players). I don’t have respect for many players on the Wings, but he was one of the few players on the team during his tenure that was willing to go to the “dirty areas” in order to score goals.

    • michiganhockey11 - Jan 7, 2013 at 11:45 AM

      A self-hating Detroiter? Wow, you must be the first. So if a athlete knows he will take a pounding to make a play, it makes him a masochist? If your premise holds true, what do you make of all the p@ssy NBA players who look like their on death’s door when they get a facial cut or a finger poke?

      Don’t respect many players on the Wings huh? Strange, considering Homer is getting respect from even Pens fans in this forum…

      • budzo83 - Jan 7, 2013 at 1:40 PM

        michiganhockey11- Not liking the Red Wings does not mean I am “self-hating.” I’m not sure what your gripe is seeing as how I am supporting your point. I respect Holmstrom because he’s was one of the only guys on the team willing to do what he did. Knowing that he would take a pounding does not make him a massochist, but knowing the frequency and severity of the injuries that he endured over a 15 year career, he was more willing than anybody to get in the paint and take a pounding to make a play. That’s kind of massochistic. He could have gone the Franzen route and cashed in after a nice season only to become a lazy perimeter player, but he didn’t. He’s been playing year to year and earning his contracts.

  7. jeffersonkostilnick - Jan 7, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    #Epic player here!!! Yeah Homie!!! Just one of the #boys Homer!!!! Gonna miss YOU so much Homer. Yeah Homer for sure ya know? You were great! Member that time I met you when you were a rookie at the mall and you were drinking a coffee? You were #winning even back then! Yeah boys! Homer!!!!

    • michiganhockey11 - Jan 7, 2013 at 1:31 PM

      I remember you mom drinking coffee this morning….right after I got done plowing her.

      • jeffersonkostilnick - Jan 7, 2013 at 1:45 PM

        My mom and dad are the same person so that means to banged my dad. I guess it did not bother you when his legs where in the air and his pipe was smashed against your pelvis you sick dork.

      • rtrmusic - Jan 7, 2013 at 1:50 PM

        You sure you weren’t jerking off to this Tomas Holmstrom article. “Oh God, I hope he likes my post!” Furiously checking your notifications. After all, he gave you 4 cups in 11 years, in your mind, it’s the least you could do.

      • rtrmusic - Jan 7, 2013 at 1:51 PM

        *Directed to michiganhockey11

  8. jeffersonkostilnick - Jan 7, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    I just called my dad he said you wanted him to jerk you off to pictures of your little sister. WTF is wrong with you dude?

    • rtrmusic - Jan 7, 2013 at 1:52 PM

      You forgot to add *while wearing a Holmstrom jersey!

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