Stallions move forward with familiar face, re-sign Swedish standout Holmstrom

by Matt Mackinder

The Essa Stallions have re-upped with a key piece of the President's Cup championship team as Swedish sniper Tim Holmstrom has resigned for another year with the Stallions.

"Any time you can bring back a player of Tim's skill, it instantly raises awareness around the league, and puts an even bigger target on our back," said Essa head coach and director of hockey operations Sylvain Cloutier. "Having Tim back makes us stronger, more of a threat, and harder to beat. He is going to be relied upon heavily to carry the workload, but with his speed and quick release, we're positive he can handle it."

In 44 games last season (including playoffs), Holmstrom tallied 54 goals and 33 assists for a total of 87 points - nearly a two-points-per-game average.

"I believe there is a difference between confidence and cockiness, but believe me when I say I am confident that Tim Holmstrom is the best offensive player in the CPJHL," added Stallions GM and assistant coach David Lang. "We are so lucky to be able to bring a key piece of our championship team back into the fold, in hopes of repeating. With the additions of Wahlstrom and Asplund to play with Holmstrom and Ljungstrom, we're set up quite nicely. Wish we could get the season going tomorrow."

Training camp for the Stallions will start Sept. 6, and the schedule for the season will be announced after the CPJHL league meeting.