Tomas Tatar knew from a young age he wanted to be a professional hockey player; it was in his blood. His mom and dad took him skating on a pond in his hometown, and he joined a hometown hockey team when he was just 6 years old. His 2 older brothers are also pro-hockey players, and Tomas followed suit, “they were my inspiration”.
It took some time for him to adjust to the North American hockey style. He says “ The NHL is a little faster, and players are just better, but I think the size of the ice is fitting me pretty well”. Getting drafted by the Red Wings was a dream come true, and he’s happy to report he’ll be with the Red Wings another 4 years. “When I got here, I didn’t know much about Detroit besides hockey. I’ve met so many great people here, and now it feels like home. Detroit is growing and is getting better. The Ilitch family (owners of the Red Wings, Little Caesar’s Pizza franchise, and leaders of the $1 billion sports and entertainment district in downtown Detroit, including the new Little Caesar’s Arena) is helping a lot, and I am happy I can be a part of it”. As for the arbitration process and signing a new contract, he says, “You have to keep working hard to stay in the league, otherwise you never know who will take your spot. Every year there are new kids coming to the NHL. It’s a battle”.
Tomas is no stranger to the tattoo lifestyle. He has 3 large tattoos on his right arm. He got his first at age 16, which says “Go for Gold”, reminding him not to give up. His second one was a traditional Japanese style tiger climbing rocks. His third, a forearm sleeve of the Archangel Michael he got after his fathers passing, with 4 birthdates; including his dad’s.
He’s no stranger to others getting tattoos of him, either. Last November, Tatar shared a photo on his Instagram page of a stranger from the Czech Republic who got a large portrait of Tatar in his Red Wings Jersey tattooed on his forearm. Tomas said, “I saw that picture on Instagram. I was honored. It’s definitely something special. I would love to meet him, I’m gonna try to make it happen.”
Something tells me that won't be the last Tomas tattoo we see. Here's to 4 more great years of Tatar and the Red Wings. See you on the ice!
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