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39 Today, Holmstrom Still Playing In The NHL

I thought some of you would enjoy this ‘Bowmanism’ regarding Tomas Holmstrom…

from a Windsor Star story on February 7, 2008,

“When I got over here Scotty (Bowman) told me never to leave the front of the net,” said Holmstrom, who has 20 goals and 36 points in 44 games. “He said. ‘Don’t even go into the corner, just stay in front.’

“I don’t mind it (playing in front); sooner or later the puck is going to come to the front of the net because that’s where everything happens.”

Under Bowman, Holmstrom had to serve a sometimes difficult apprenticeship.

With the master tactician’s genius for keeping his players off-balance, Holmstrom dedicated himself to working maniacally hoping Bowman would take notice. In his second season (1997-98), Holmstrom was still unsure of whether he was succeeding.

As he was explaining to reporters why he’d chosen No. 96 as his new number after giving up 15 to recently acquired veteran Dmitri Mironov, Bowman strolled by hearing it was because he’d arrived in Detroit in 1996.

The crusty coach told him he should’ve taken 98 because that was the year he was going back to Sweden.

While reporters laughed, a straight-faced Holmstrom interrupted saying, “No, I think he means it.”

If you want more about Holmstrom, continue reading...

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HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

awesome read

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 01/23/12 at 02:18 PM ET

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I’m afraid the Wings will miss holmstron more tha n they missed Ozzie+Drapes, when he retires
Specially if it’s on the same year TPH retires

Btw, that little story with Bowman and the jersey numbers is really hilarious

Posted by Zqto from Brazil on 01/23/12 at 02:52 PM ET

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The crusty coach told him he should’ve taken 98 because that was the year he was going back to Sweden.

While reporters laughed, a straight-faced Holmstrom interrupted saying, “No, I think he means it.”

HAHAHAHA. I miss Scotty.

Posted by SK77 on 01/23/12 at 02:58 PM ET

Nathan's avatar

Great story.

But Paul, how come you never post bits from the past when Penguins players have their birthdays?!?!? BIAS!

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 01/23/12 at 02:58 PM ET

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Man..I am going to miss him…he is a unique specimen smile

Posted by Nat from Montreal on 01/23/12 at 02:59 PM ET

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Homer has made a career in front of the net. He gets more cheap shots, crosschecks, and beatings, every single game, and, nothing has deterred him from doing what he does best. Homer will surely be missed once he hangs em up.

Nobody does it better than Homer, and, never will.

Happy Birthday Homer!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/23/12 at 03:34 PM ET

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But Paul, how come you never post bits from the past when Penguins players have their birthdays?!?!? BIAS!

Awesome.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from Where the GM likes his team. on 01/23/12 at 04:29 PM ET

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I love that.

No one dared imagine the Wings 10th round (257th overall) pick would turn into the fearless front-net presence who has become the bane of NHL netminders.

Yeah, the Wings are the “Yankees of the NHL.”  rolleyes

Mark it:  Feb. 8th at the Joe against the Slicks.  It will be Homer’s 1,000th career game with the Wings.  Only the sixth player in Wings history to accomplish that.  86 years and only six players to reach 1,000 games with the Wings.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 01/23/12 at 04:39 PM ET

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86 years and only six players to reach 1,000 games with the Wings.

Not that bad, considering only 270 players ever got 1000 games in their career
I doubt theres more than a couple of teams with more 1000k-games players on their history

Posted by Zqto from Brazil on 01/23/12 at 05:26 PM ET

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Not that bad, considering only 270 players ever got 1000 games in their career
I doubt theres more than a couple of teams with more 1000k-games players on their history

Posted by Zqto from Brazil on 01/23/12 at 02:26 PM ET

When Homer reaches that milestone, Zqto, the Wings will have the most players (5) with 1,000 career games played:  Howe, Delvecchio, Yzerman, Lidstrom, and Draper; Homer will be the sixth.

The Montreal Canadiens are next with five players with 1,000 career games played for the Habs.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 01/23/12 at 05:32 PM ET

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Awesome, thanks for the stats!

Not sure if his numbers will be ever retired, but he sure at least deserved something done, just like Draper and Ozzie deserved, too

Posted by Zqto from Brazil on 01/23/12 at 06:37 PM ET

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You know its about time we put a “hard hat” wing at the Joe or the new arena when it gets built. Seriously guys that have worked their asses off for the Wings such as Drapes, McCarty, Maltby, Holmstrom, even Ozzie who will never have their numbers retired here, need some lasting recognition in this town. These are all guys who bled Red and White and dammit they deserve something!

Posted by CRoy from Redford MI on 01/23/12 at 07:27 PM ET

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