Swedish ice hockey icon Börje Salming died on November 24. In August, he announced that he had suffered from the nerve disease ALS, and in November, Salming was applauded by hockey audiences in Sweden and Canada.
The former Swedish ice hockey star Börje Salming was 71 years old. He died on November 24, writes his former employer Toronto Maple Leafs.
– Börje came to the Maple Leafs 50 years ago and will forever be part of our hockey family. We send our deepest condolences to his wife Pia, children Theresa, Anders, Rasmus, Bianca, Lisa and Sara and brother Stig, writes club manager Brendan Shanahan.
Salming had suffered from the nerve disease ALS, which had a rapid course. In August, Salming announced that he had been affected by the disease.
During November, Salming was welcomed by hockey audiences in both Stockholm and Toronto.
As an ice hockey player, Salming became a big profile in North America. He played over 1,000 NHL games with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 16 straight seasons between 1973 and 1989. He broke through in North America during a time period when European players in the NHL were few and far between.
– Börje was a pioneer and icon with his spirit and toughness. He opened the door for European players in the NHL, writes Toronto.