Acrobatic little goaltender Tommy Soderstrom was born in Stockholm on July 17, 1969. Drafted by the Flyers in the 11th round (240th overall) of the 1990 NHL Draft, the 5-foot-9, 162-pound Soderstrom became a standout goaltender for Djurgardens IF (DIF) in the Swedish Elite League and for the Swedish national team. He backstopped Sweden to gold medals at the 1991 and 1992 IIHF World Championships and to a silver in 1993.
Soderstrom joined the Flyers for the 1992-93 season but his season was interrupted by the discovery of a heart condition that required a corrective procedure. He subsequently underwent a second procedure. Soderstrom enjoyed a promising rookie year for the Flyers, recording five shutouts in 44 appearances. He struggled with inconsistency his second year, as his goals against average soared to 4.01 and save percentage dropped to .864 in 34 appearances.
The Flyers traded him to the New York Islanders to reacquire Ron Hextall on Sept 22, 1994. The Flyers also acquired a 1995 fifth-round pick (Dmitri Tertyshny) in the deal. For his Flyers career, Soderstrom appeared in 78 games, posting a 26-35-10 record, 3.66 goals against average, .881 save percentage and seven shutouts. After the 1996-97 season, Soderstrom returned home to Sweden to play for DIF. He retired after the 1999-2000 campaign.