DETROIT -- Being a professional athlete is not always an easy job.
But it has to be even harder when you get hit, pushed, mauled and otherwise abused in the course of your everyday work.
Such is the life of the Red Wings' Tomas Holmstrom, who has made a living -- albeit not a bruise-free one -- standing in front of the net, trying to deflect pucks past the goaltender.
Holmstrom, who turned 39 in January, has been doing this work since the 1996-97 season.
You'd think Mike Rowe of the Discovery Channel's "Dirty Jobs" might have called him to pick up a few pointers on dealing with a challenging line of work.
For Holmstrom's efforts, the Detroit chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association (PHWA) has named him their nominee for the NHL's Masterton Trophy, which is awarded to "the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication" to hockey.
Each team has one nominee and then three finalists are selected. Two Red Wings have won the...