Posted January 22, 2013 on AP on Fox

NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 5: Tomas Holmstrom #96 of the Detroit Red Wings skates during the third period against the New Jersey Devils on December 5, 2009 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)
Tomas Holmstrom has made his retirement official after 15 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings. Holmstrom's announcement Tuesday was no surprise, but the Red Wings held a news conference before their home opener to give the Swedish winger a chance to reflect on a career that included four Stanley Cups and over 1,000 regular-season games. Holmstrom, who turns 40 on Wednesday, says he had the greatest job in the world. Last season, Holmstrom had 11 goals and 13 assists in 74 games - the 24 points were his lowest total since 1997-98, his second season. The gritty forward was known for his hard-nosed play in front of the net.
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