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by George Malik on 12/14/13 at 01:47 PM ET
In the Red Wings alumni department...
Via Joe Kocur, WRIF's Meltdown posted a superb 7-minute video which chronicles the Red Wings alums' attempts to prepare for New Year's Eve's Alumni Showdown games...
And Michigan Hockey's Stefan Kubus spoke with someone who really did grow up playing outdoors in one Tomas Holmstrom, who accompanied the NHL's ice-making truck to Michigan Stadium on Thursday, regarding the concept of suiting up outdoors again (Pitea, Sweden did indeed once possess a "snowmobile-through" McDonald's)...
Holmstrom will suit up in a Detroit Red Wings sweater once again in the Hockeytown Winter Festival Alumni Showdown on New Year’s Eve. Holmstrom was a member of the Red Wings team that participated in the 2009 Winter Classic at Wrigley Field against Chicago, but he figured retirement put an event like that out of reach.
“No, not at this level,” Holmstrom said of whether he ever envisioned being a part of the highly-popular outdoor festivities once again. “It’s going to be fun. This is going to be my first game since I retired, too, so I have to stop eating, get back in shape and work on my game.”
The longtime Red Wings forward said he fondly remembers coming home from school to skate on the 40-by-20 meter rink built by his father, Henrik.
“You come home from school, you went out there,” Holmstrom said. “My dad had some lights, too. We’d get home, maybe 1 or 2 o’clock from school, at 4 o’clock we had people coming from their jobs, so they would come out and skate…We had boards and rounded corners. At that time, my dad worked at the lumber company, so he got all the wood.”
And Holmstrom, who most certainly lives up to his larger-than-life and grown-up-kid-personality status in real life (trust me, talking to him is nothing less than a joy), made sure to point out that he hopes that the Alumni Showdown and Winter Classic inspire youngsters to either lace up a pair of skates or take to the street with a tennis ball:
Although it makes him feel like a kid again, Holmstrom said, most importantly, these outdoor games have inspired today’s youth to go outside and play the game themselves.
“I know my kids love to see the outdoor game, especially when it’s snowing… I think it makes the kids want to go out and do it, too, instead of sitting inside playing video games. It brings the kids out, for sure.”
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