DETROIT Former Detroit Red Wings Kris Draper and Chris Osgood were relaxing in the sauna one day several years ago when Tomas Holmstrom came up to talk.
It was vintage Homer, the lovable Swede with the broken English.
I cant seem to get out of (coach) Scotty Bowmans dog yard, Holmstrom told his two teammates. Sometimes he sits me, sometimes he doesnt play me. Im always in the dog yard.
Draper laughed as he retold the story Tuesday following Holmstroms press conference to officially announce his retirement after a 15-year career with the Red Wings.
Were like, Do you mean dog house? Draper recalled.
Holmstrom just smiled back at them.
Those were the things that Homer did, Draper said. Homer-isms, whatever you want to call them. Thats what made him great.
When you walked in the dressing room, you knew something like that was coming out. We called his language Swenglish. No one understood the Swedish or English or whatever. He didnt even realize what he was doing but he was alwa...