Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom was best known for planting himself in front of opposing goaltenders. (TODD KOROL/Reuters file photo)
Homer has annoyed his last goaltender.
Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom, who earned a much-deserved reputation for ticking off goalies with his net-front presence, called it quits Tuesday, ending a 15-year NHL career that included more than 1,000 games. He had 243 goals and 287 assists, all with the Red Wings.
"I'm gonna for sure miss the game," Holmstrom said during a press conference at Joe Louis Arena. "I can notice that already. It's strange. It's kind of a strange feeling. I know it's the right decision. It is what it is. I had a good career. This is my second home for sure. I'm going to miss it."
Goalies won't miss Holmstrom, who turns 40 Wednesday. He was a pest for most during his career, all of which was spent in Detroit.
"He took it to an art form," said Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi said of Holmstrom's knack for parking himself at the edge of the crease. "There are guys that can stand in front of the net and screen, but there aren't guys that can actually tip 100-mile per hour slapshots coming from every angle. He just took it to a whole new level."