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DALLAS STARS VS DETROIT RED WINGS
Detroit Red Wings left winger Tomas Holmstrom (96) skates the puck around teammate Nicklas Lidstrom in the in the third period against the Dallas Stars at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mi on April 17, 2006. Holmstrom scored the Red Wings winning goal to defeat the Stars 3-2. (UPI Photo/Scott R. Galvin)
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Tomas Holmström (born 23 January 1973) is a Swedish professional ice hockey left winger currently playing for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL), where he has won four Stanley Cup championships. He is widely considered as one of the best in the game at screening goalies and causing havoc in front of the net.

Holmström was first noticed by Red Wings scout Håkan Andersson in 1993 during a national team selection camp, where Holmström missed the cut, then again the next year while playing with Boden where his coach, Niklas Wikegård, told Andersson that Holmström was the team's best player. He was drafted 257th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft and has played for the Red Wings since 1996 with the exception of the season lost to the 2004–05 NHL lockout where Holmström returned to Sweden to play for his old team, Luleå HF in the Swedish elite league Elitserien.

On April 7, 2007, Holmström scored his 30th goal of the 2006–07 season against the Chicago Blackhawks, achieving the first 30 goal season of his career.

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