Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Tomas Sandstrom
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 90 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.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1979-80 Fagersta HK Sweden-2 6 1 1 2 0
1980-81 Fagersta HK Sweden-3 20 23 5 28
1981-82 Fagersta HK Sweden-2 32 28 11 39 74
1981-82 Sweden EJC-A 5 5 2 7 16
1982-83 Brynas IF Gavle Sweden 36 23 14 37 50
1982-83 Sweden WJC-A 7 9 3 12
1983-84 Brynas IF Gavle Sweden 34 19 10 29 81
1983-84 Sweden WJC-A 7 4 3 7 12
1983-84 Sweden Olympics 7 2 1 3 6
1984-85 Sweden Can-Cup 8 1 1 2 2
1984-85 New York Rangers NHL 74 29 29 58 51 +3 3 0 2 2 0
1984-85 Sweden WEC-A 10 3 6 9 18
1985-86 New York Rangers NHL 73 25 29 54 109 -4 16 4 6 10 20
1986-87 New York Rangers NHL 64 40 34 74 60 +8 6 1 2 3 20
1986-87 NHL All-Stars RV-87 1 0 0 0 0
1986-87 Sweden WEC-A 8 4 6 10 6
1987-88 New York Rangers NHL 69 28 40 68 95 -6
1988-89 New York Rangers NHL 79 32 56 88 148 +5 4 3 2 5 12
1988-89 Sweden WEC-A 10 4 3 7 14
1989-90 New York Rangers NHL 48 19 19 38 100 -10
1989-90 Los Angeles Kings NHL 28 13 20 33 28 -1 10 5 4 9 19
1990-91 Los Angeles Kings NHL 68 45 44 89 106 +27 10 4 4 8 14
1991-92 Sweden Can-Cup 6 1 2 3 8
1991-92 Los Angeles Kings NHL 49 17 22 39 70 -2 6 0 3 3 8
1992-93 Los Angeles Kings NHL 39 25 27 52 57 +12 24 8 17 25 12
1993-94 Los Angeles Kings NHL 51 17 24 41 59 -12
1993-94 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 27 6 11 17 24 +5 6 0 0 0 4
1994-95 Malmo IF Sweden 12 10 5 15 14
1994-95 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 47 21 23 44 42 +1 12 3 3 6 16
1995-96 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 58 35 35 70 69 +4 18 4 2 6 30
1996-97 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 40 9 15 24 33 +4
1996-97 Detroit Red Wings NHL 34 9 9 18 36 +2 20 0 4 4 24
1997-98 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 77 9 8 17 64 -25
1997-98 Sweden Olympics 4 0 1 1 0
1998-99 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 58 15 17 32 42 -5 4 0 0 0 4
1999-00 MIF Redhawks Malmo Sweden 42 16 13 29 28 6 3 2 5 10
2000-01 MIF Redhawks Malmo Sweden 50 17 9 26 90 8 3 3 6 60
2001-02 MIF Redhawks Malmo Sweden 37 8 7 15 40 5 0 1 1 6
NHL Totals 983 394 462 856 1193 139 32 49 81 183


EJC-A All-Star Team (1982)
Named Best Forward at EJC-A (1982)
WJC-A All-Star Team (1983)
Named Best Forward at WJC-A (1983)
NHL All-Rookie Team (1985) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1988, 1991)
Traded to Los Angeles by NY Rangers with Tony Granato for Bernie Nicholls, January 20, 1990. Traded to Pittsburgh by Los Angeles with Shawn McEachern for Marty McSorley and Jim Paek, February 16, 1994. Traded to Detroit by Pittsburgh for Greg Johnson, January 27, 1997. Signed as a free agent by Anaheim, October 20, 1997.