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Tomas Holmstrom #96
Tomas Holmström was drafted 257th overall in the 1994 Entry Draft by the Detroit Red Wings. Two years later, he made his NHL debut on October 6 against the Devils. Six weeks later on November 16, he scored his first goal in a match against the Sharks. By season's end, Tomas has scored nine points in 46 games. In the playoffs, Tomas played one game (second round against the Blues) as the Red Wings won their first Stanley Cup in 42 years. In 1997-98, Tomas played 57 games and bettered his offensive numbers to 22 points. On April 30, Tomas scored his first playoff goal in a 3-1 win over the Coyotes. Tomas then helped the Red Wings win the Clarence Campbell Bowl in the Western Conference finals and the Stanley Cup in the finals against the Capitals. In 22 games, Tomas scored 19 points.
In 1998-99, Tomas played all 82 games and recorded 34 points and 94 hits as the Red Wings won the Central Division title. In ten playoff games, he scored seven points. In 1999-2000, Tomas scored 35 points and knocked 68 hits in 72 games. In nine playoff games, he scored four points. In 2000-01, Tomas led the Red Wings with a 21.6 shooting percentage as the team won the Central Division title. On March 18, he scored his first career hat trick in a 6-4 win over the Sharks.
Tomas played as a teenager for his hometown Piteå in the Swedish first division. After scoring 27 points in 1991-92, he scord 32 points for Piteå in 1992-93. In 1993-94, Tomas joined Bodens HK of the Swedish first division and scored 39 points. In 1994-95, he joined Luleå and scored 28 points in his first year at the Elitserien level. In 1995-96, he scored 23 points and helped Luleå win a playoff championship.
In 1996-97, Tomas played six games for the AHL's Adirondack Red Wings.
Tomas represented Sweden at the 1996 World Championships.
Tomas' nickname is "Homer". His childhood hockey hero was Sergei Makarov.
Tomas studied carpentry growing up in Sweden and built several items (kitchen table, entertainment centre) for his house. He is also an avid fisherman.