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Red Wings Daily: These Days, Tomas Sandstrom Is Putting Out Fires

Former Red Wings forward Tomas Sandstrom went from starting fires to putting them out



Tomas Sandstrom, ex-Red Wings

During a 15-season NHL career that included a Stanley Cup win with the Detroit Red Wings in 1996-97, Tomas Sandstrom gained a reputation for starting fires on the ice. He was an agitator, a button pusher, a shift distruber.

Since retiring from the game in 2002, he’s been devoting his life to putting out fires. Sandstrom, 57, is working as a firefighter in Trelleborg, Sweden.

“It’s good, I enjoy my job,” Sandstrom explained to “It’s like being on a hockey team.

“I went on temporary work for three, four years. Now I have been permanently employed for almost nine years. I work seven days a month.”

During the free time offered him by firefighting, Sandstrom runs his own construction company. The guy who often operated his stick on the ice with a surgeon’s precision still earns a living working with wood.

Sandstom Helped Make Red Wings Harder To Play Against

During that 1996-97, the Red Wings set out to become a team that was harder to play against. A trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins brought Sandstrom to Detroit. He arrived with a reputation for being a player who skated on the edge and often crossed over it.

“My playing style was unpolished, but I wasn’t particularly ugly on the ice,” Sandstrom said. “The game in the NHL was quite honest. But if you did something stupid on the ice, you had to pay for it.”

Sandstrom played just 34 regular-season and 20 playoff games for Detroit but it was enough to gain him his only inscription on the Stanley Cup.

While admitting he devotes little of his life today to hockey, Sandstrom still embraces all the game gave to him.

“I have seen a lot, met many wonderful people and had the best job in the world,” he said.

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