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by George Malik on 06/04/12 at 01:50 PM ET
Via RedWingsFeed, Tomas Holmstrom seems destined to join his best friend and partner in humorous crime in retirement, but the Left Wing Lock’s Sarah Lindenau reports that a parade will be held in Holmstrom’s honor in Traverse City…Sort of…
Tomas Holmstrom will serve as the Grand Marshall for the DTE Energy Cherry Royale parade on Saturday July 14th in Traverse City, MI. The parade, which is the largest of the Cherry Festival parades, will begin at 11:15 am at Railroad and Front streets in downtown Traverse City, MI.
Holmstrom’s appearance at the parade is part of a partnership with Centre I.C.E. arena and the Detroit Red Wings Development camp which begins July 7th. The camp, which is in its second year in Traverse City, will feature daily practice sessions that will include many of Detroit’s top prospects and 2012 draft selections. Tickets will be available at the door for a cost of $5 per day.
Update: DetroitRedWings.com’s Bill Roose confirms:
Tomas Holmstrom will become the fourth Red Wings’ player to kick-off the annual DTE Energy Cherry Royale Parade during next month’s National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, Michigan.
The Wings’ forward and four-time Stanley Cup champion will be the grand marshal for the July 14 parade that will wind through historic downtown Traverse City beginning at the corner of Front and Railroad streets at 11:15 a.m.
Holmstrom, who just finished his 15th NHL season with the Wings, is the latest Wing so honored by the parade, joining former teammates Dallas Drake and Kevin Hodson, as well as legendary Gordie Howe, who were past dignitaries at the annual week-long celebration.
Past grand marshals to the largest parade during the cherry festival includes, U.S. President Gerald Ford, former astronauts James Lovell and Jerry Linenger, golf pro Dan Pohl, actor Jerry Mathers and comedian Bob Hope.
Besides the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels, who have collectively been parade grand marshals 10 times, the Red Wings have been a big draw for the parade as the only Michigan-based sports franchise asked back more than once. Former Phoenix Suns forward Dan Majerle was the 1991 grand marshal, and the only other athlete to represent a pro sports franchise at the parade.
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