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It hasn’t been fun for Tomas Holmstrom the past couple of years.
While he enjoys the scrums in front of the net and getting whacked and diced by opponents, it’s taken a toll.
But that’s the role in which Holmstrom has thrived, despite having to fight injuries.
And it’s because of that role Holmstrom was nominated for the Masterton Memorial Trophy, given to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
“For sure when you’re hurt it’s not fun,” Holmstrom, 37, said. “The last two years, the two hernia surgeries, it was tough.