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Tomas Sandström (born September 4, 1964) is a Swedish former professional ice hockey right winger who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1984 to 1999. Born in Finland, Sandström grew up in Fagersta, Sweden. A skilled power forward, he was effective when healthy but his career was marred by injuries due to his physical style of play.
September 4, 1964|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||209 lb (95 kg; 14 st 13 lb)|
New York Rangers|
Los Angeles Kings
Detroit Red Wings
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
36th overall, 1982|
New York Rangers
|Olympic medal record|
|Men's ice hockey|
|1984 Sarajevo||Ice hockey|
Sandström was selected 36th overall by the New York Rangers in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft. Sandström played 983 career NHL games, scoring 394 goals and 462 assists for 856 points, and also registered 1,193 career penalty minutes. Sandström won the Stanley Cup in 1997 with the Detroit Red Wings, assisting on Darren McCarty's game-winning goal in Game 4 of the 1997 Stanley Cup Finals against the Philadelphia Flyers.
After being acquired with Tony Granato by the Los Angeles Kings in January 1990 for former 70-goal scorer Bernie Nicholls, the two newest additions to Los Angeles combined with Wayne Gretzky to form a potent top line in Los Angeles. The line displayed its full dominance in the 1990 first round series against the defending Stanley Cup champion Calgary Flames, particularly in game 4, with both Sandström and Granato scoring hat tricks while Gretzky had a goal and five assists in a 12-4 rout.
Sandström suffered through several serious injuries during his tenure with Los Angeles. In a February 28, 1990 game that set the NHL record for most penalties in a game with 85, he was punched by the Edmonton Oilers' Glenn Anderson, leaving him with a broken cheekbone. A collision with Edmonton's Craig Muni caused a fractured leg in the 1991 Smythe Division Finals. Doug Gilmour of the Toronto Maple Leafs slashed and fractured Sandström's forearm in November 1992. Sandström was a key component of the Kings' run to the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals, after missing most of the regular season with a broken jaw. Sandström finished third in playoff scoring behind Wayne Gretzky and Doug Gilmour.
On January 27, 1997 Sandström was traded by the Penguins to the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for Greg Johnson. In August 1997, Sandström signed as a free agent with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.
- All-Star Selection, Forward, 1983 IIHF world junior hockey championships
- Named to the 1985 NHL All-Rookie Team.
- Ranked No. 70 on the all-time list of New York Rangers in the book 100 Ranger Greats (John Wiley & Sons, 2009).
- Played in 1991 All Star Game in Chicago representing the Los Angeles Kings and registered one assist on a Wayne Gretzky goal.
- Won 1997 Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings.
|1979–80||Fagersta HK||SWE II||6||1||1||2||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|1980–81||Fagersta HK||SWE III||20||23||5||28||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1981–82||Fagersta HK||SWE II||32||28||11||39||74||—||—||—||—||—|
|1984–85||New York Rangers||NHL||74||29||30||59||51||3||0||2||2||0|
|1985–86||New York Rangers||NHL||73||25||29||54||109||16||4||6||10||20|
|1986–87||New York Rangers||NHL||64||40||34||74||60||6||1||2||3||20|
|1987–88||New York Rangers||NHL||69||28||40||68||95||—||—||—||—||—|
|1988–89||New York Rangers||NHL||79||32||56||88||148||4||3||2||5||12|
|1989–90||New York Rangers||NHL||48||19||19||38||100||—||—||—||—||—|
|1989–90||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||28||13||20||33||28||10||5||4||9||19|
|1990–91||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||68||45||44||89||106||10||4||4||8||14|
|1991–92||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||49||17||22||39||70||6||0||3||3||8|
|1992–93||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||39||25||27||52||57||24||8||17||25||12|
|1993–94||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||51||17||24||41||59||—||—||—||—||—|
|1996–97||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||34||9||9||18||36||20||0||4||4||24|
|1997–98||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||77||9||8||17||64||—||—||—||—||—|
|1998–99||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||58||15||17||32||42||4||0||0||0||4|
- Steve Springer (January 21, 1990). "Nicholls Goes to Rangers : Kings: They get right wingers Sandstrom and Granato for third-leading scorer in NHL. McNall, Vachon say it will improve defense". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 26, 2018.
- "85 Penalties For Kings And Oilers". The New York Times. 2 March 1990. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
- Peng, Shaun (6 January 2017). "50 Forgotten Stories: 'Super Swede'". NHL.com. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
- Dillman, Lisa (29 November 1992). "Kings Tend to Gilmour, Lose to Maple Leafs, 3-2". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
- Dillman, Lisa (16 February 1994). "McSorley Feels Like a King : Hockey: Trade brings him back to the team he helped spark to Stanley Cup finals. Sandström, McEachern go to Penguins". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
- "Sandstrom Traded". Washington Post. 28 January 1997. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
- "Larionov Will Stay With Detroit". The New York Times. 2 August 1997. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
- Collins gem Hockey Facts and Stats 2009-10, p.515, Andrew Podnieks, Harper Collins Publishers Ltd, Toronto, Canada, ISBN 978-1-55468-621-6