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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