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Tomas Sandstrom
Tomas Sandstrom
Right Wing
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 205
Shoots: Left
Born: Sep 4, 1964
Birthplace: Jakobstad, Finland
Hometown: Fagersta, Sweden
Drafted: NYR / 1982 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 2nd (36th overall)
Few athletes are lucky enough to enjoy a moment of triumph while the whole world is watching. Forward Tomas Sandstrom experienced his moment in 1987 at the World Championship in Vienna. There were 90 seconds left to go in the final game between Sweden and the USSR and the Soviets were leading 2-1. Tre Kronor began their final attack. Hakan Loob, to the left of the Soviet goal, grabbed the puck and immediately passed it to Sandstrom in front of the net, who scored. The goal enabled the Swedes to eventually capture the World Championship. Spurred on by their tie with the USSR, Sweden crushed Canada 9ñ0 in the most stinging defeat the Canadians ever suffered at the hands of Tre Kronor, and in the end, Sweden won the gold medal 25 years after their triumph in Colorado Springs.

Sandstrom grew up fast. Born September 4, 1964, in Jakobstad, Finland, he first played for Fagersta AIK, then moved to the famed Brunes. At 20, he won the Olympic bronze at Sarajevo and three years later won the world gold in Vienna. He was also on the national team when it reached second place at the Canada Cup in 1984 and third place at the 1991 Canada Cup. His record is impressive. Sandstrom spent 15 seasons with the NHL, nearly matching the Swedish record-holder Borje Salming with 17 seasons. Sandstrom played for the Los Angeles Kings, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the New York Rangers and the Detroit Red Wings. He played alongside the Wings "Russian Five" when they won the Stanley Cup in 1997. He then spent two years with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. At 35, in the fall of 1999, Sandstrom returned to Sweden so his children could be educated there. But he did not quit playing hockey. He joined Malmo, a team known for their tough and speedy style of play. At 6' 2" and 207 pounds, Sandstrom had no trouble meeting the demands of Malmo's coach. He adapted in no time and by February 2000 he had scored 16 goals and made 12 assists.

The Tre Kronor coaches invited the veteran to play in the Swedish nationals again. Sandstrom had previously played 73 games on the national team and scored 20 goals. At the finals, which proved unsuccessful for Tre Kronor, he added four games and two goals to his personal scorecard.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80