Report: Red Wings’ Holmstrom set to retire

Detroit Red Wings veteran power forward Tomas Holmstrom will retire before the start of the 2012-13 campaign after 15 seasons playing in the National Hockey League, according to a report from the Detroit Free Press.

The report indicates the 39-year-old told his team on Monday of his decision and that there will be a formal announcement later in the week.

Holmstrom is currently an unrestricted free agent and last summer stated that he would either return to the Red Wings or hang up his skates.

The native of Pitea, Sweden is known for being a physical presence in front of the opposition net and in 1,026 career NHL games registered 243 goals (122 of which came on the power-play), 530 points and 769 penalty minutes.

Holmstrom won four Stanley Cups with the Red Wings — in 1996-97, 1997-98, 2001-02 and 2005-06 — and earned an Olympic gold medal with Sweden at the Torino 2006 Games.

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