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02-15-2008, 02:42 PM
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VanIslander
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I watched this guy play too many good games to be forgotten. I worked in Northern Alberta six years ago and the newspapers ripped most players on the team but everyone knew this guy was the reason they stayed in games, their reliable workhorse,...


Tommy Salo


Olympic gold medal (1994) (save against Kariya in the shootout)
IHL Turner Cup championships (1995, 1996), Best Rookie ('95), MVP ('95), Playoff MVP ('96)
World Cup 1996 2-3 2OT semi-final loss to Canada but brilliant
World Championship all-star (1997, 1998, 1999)
NHL all-star game (2000, 2002)
Top-ranked Swedish goalie (1994-2003)
Holds the Edmonton Oilers all-time record for lowest goals-against average (2.40)
210 NHL wins, 37 shutouts

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His ability to steal a game is pivotal to the success of the Oilers... establishing himself among the best goalkeepers in the league... his teammates want him as their guy between the pipes any day of the week. Teammate Todd Marchant described him as being the team's MVP all year long last season. Salo can be white-hot. While with the Islanders, many followers doubted his potential as a No. 1 goalie. But since his arrival in Edmonton, he has proven them wrong. One of the NHL's steadiest No. 1 men
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"Sweden's No. 1 goaltender is now considered a member of the NHL's elite. Last season, Salo posted career highs with 36 wins and eight shutouts. For the second consecutive season, the 5-11 173-pounder proved capable of playing 70-plus games for the Oilers. He has not elevated his game in the postseason but that is understandable given his heavy workload. Finishing sixth in the league in wins and fifth in shutouts, he continues to give his team a chance to win almost every time out. However, he does need a better backup goaltender so as to keep fresh for the playoffs. Salo has been a godsend for the Oilers since coming over from the New York Islanders in late 1998-99. He has continued Edmonton's long tradition of great goaltending (Andy Moog, Grant Fuhr, Bill Ranford and Curtis Joseph) and is now a bona fide all-star performer." (The Sports Forecaster 2001-02, p. 183)
http://www.hockeygoalies.org/bio/salo.html

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