TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- When the cheering stops for a professional athlete, a feeling of uncertainty and some time to decompress are often needed to figure out which path to pursue next.
Former Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom felt that way when he called it quits. Although he didnt officially announce his retirement until January 2013, he knew after the 2011-12 season that his playing career was at its end.
Holmstrom wanted to spend time with kids and started working with his sons' hockey teams. It was something he enjoyed, but Holmstrom had never considered coaching as a possible profession.
Last week, during the Red Wings' Skill Development Camp, Holmstrom took the gigantic leap from kids instructor to professional coach. He worked with the Wings' prospects on what it takes to stand your ground in the area in front of the net.
Ive been watching a lot of hockey lately because Im not playing anymore, and net front presence is just not there, coach Holmstrom said. I re...