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Report: Detroit’s Holmstrom to retire Tuesday

Jan 21, 2013, 5:20 PM EDT

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Veteran Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom will call it a career on Tuesday, according to

Holmstrom, set to turn 40 this week, had mulled over returning to the Wings for a 16th season, but opted to retire just a few months after longtime Detroit teammate Nicklas Lidstrom hung up his skates.

A gritty competitor known for his net-front presence, Holmstrom won four Stanley Cups with the Wings, scoring 243 goals and 530 points.

He was a staple of some of Detroit’s most lethal power play units during the 90s and 2k era. He had at least 10 PPG seven times during his career, and has the third-most power play markers in franchise history, behind Lidstrom and Gordie Howe.

“The interesting thing, for me, with Homer is — not a very good skater but was the quickest guy from the net front to the corner, back to the net front, that I’ve ever coached,” head coach Mike Babcock told the Detroit Free Press. “Competed to get to his spot, was a great, great, great teammate, great man.

“Very, very ultra-competitive. All the best players are ultra-competitive. And found a way to win four Stanley Cup championships and represent his country, play I don’t know how many games. Pretty impressive.”

Holmstrom’s retirement presser/ceremony will take place on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. ET in the Joe Louis Arena media room. Players and former teammates will be in attendance, prior to the home opener against Dallas.

  1. atwatercrushesokoye - Jan 21, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Well this leaves one really big question, which player on the Detroit roster is going to pick up the slack in constantly interfering with the goaltender? If the refs enforced the rules as they should he gets maybe half as many power play goals.

    • misterchainbluelightning - Jan 21, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    • hockinj25 - Jan 21, 2013 at 6:28 PM

      If by interfering with the goaltender you mean standing outside the crease and getting the back off his legs constantly slashed, then yes he is guilty of goaltender interference. Homer walked a fine line and had plenty of goals called back (most of them questionably) during his career. He is the best at what he did and you are just a hater.

  2. kiopta1 - Jan 21, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Blah blah blah…lost that many games huh?

  3. Stiller43 - Jan 21, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    His name is about a bronco…a denver bronco…meaning he’s an Avs fan upset about when the rivalry didnt go their way…just ignore him

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