Winging it no more: Holmstrom retires

4:52 PM, Jan 22, 2013   |    comments
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Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom made it official, announcing his retirement after a 15-year NHL career during a Tuesday press conference.

The native of Sweden, who will turn 40 on Wednesday, recorded just 11 goals and 24 points in 74 games a season ago.

"After 15 seasons, four Stanley Cups, and an Olympic championship, it is time for me to retire. It wasn't the easiest decision to make, but it was the right one," Holmstrom said.

Holmstrom, a left-handed shooter, made his reputation by disrupting goaltenders, often standing atop the crease providing screens. Over 1,026 regular-season games, he recorded 243 goals and 530 points, while adding 46 goals and 97 points in 180 postseason appearances -- all for the Red Wings.

Holmstrom made his NHL debut in the 1996-97 season and he was part of back- to-back championships during his first two years with Detroit. He won two more titles (2002, 2008), and was part of his native country's 2006 Winter Olympic gold-medal triumph over rival Finland.

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