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01-05-2012, 10:09 PM
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1987, 1991, 1998 World Championships Gold Medal
1994 Olympic Gold Medal
1996 Elitserien Guldpucken
Legends of Hockey
His devotion to the game made Bergqvist one of the most beloved hockey players in his country.
As an attacking forward, Bergqvist was also quite capable of playing defense, something not all forwards are willing to do. On the ice, he was a fierce competitor, ignoring bruises and black eyes. Bergqvist holds the record for playing 272 official games for Tre Kronor and eclipsed the record of his senior Swedish national teammate Thomas Rundqvist (267 games) at the 1998 World Championship in Zurich when, on May 10, Tre Kronor beat Team Canada by a score of 7-1. On that memorable day, his teammates presented Bergqvist with a jersey bearing the number 268, while Bergqvist himself marked the occasion by firing a third goal into the Canadian net.
Among his most memorable goals scored with the nationals, Bergqvist himself singles out the goal that he scored in the finals of the 1991 World Championship against the USSR, when he scored within seconds of coming onto the ice, giving Tre Kronor a 1-0 lead.
Among his achievements, Bergqvist has an Olympic gold medal from the 1994 Lillehammer Games; he played in three Canada Cup tournaments; and he won three World Championship titles?the last in Switzerland in 1998. That victory put Bergqvist and Mats Sundin on a par with the famous Sven "Tumba" Johansson, who for decades was the only Swedish hockey player to become a three-time world champion. In the games he played for the Swedish national team, Bergqvist scored only 69 goals, but coaches were eager to have him play for Tre Kronor because of his competitiveness and his loyalty to team play.
1979 WHA Second Team All-Star
Played in 1980 NHL All-Star Game
10th in Pts 1980
Captain of Edmonton 1980
91 g, 100a, 191 pts in 219 NHL gps
336 pts in 476 WHA gps
Gretzky's "Rob Brown"
Legends of Hockey:
Right-winger Blair MacDonald spent parts of four seasons in the NHL beginning in 1979-80. He played most of his pro career in the WHA but was best known for his scoring exploits during his brief time on the same line with Wayne Gretzky.
Born in Cornwall, Ontario, MacDonald was taken 86th overall by the Los Angeles Kings in 1973 after scoring 63 goals for the Royals of the QMJHL. He was named to the league's second all-star team then started his pro career with the Edmonton Oilers of the WHA.
After scoring 21 goals as a rookie in 1973-74, MacDonald was a consistent offensive threat in the league for another five seasons. In December 1976 he was traded to the Indianapolis Racers and was a top point producer through the 1977-78 season. MacDonald returned to Edmonton and notched consecutive 34-goal seasons and was named to the WHA second all-star team in 1979.
The clever winger remained with the Oilers when they joined the NHL in 1979-80. He scored 46 goals while playing on one of the NHL's most exciting lines with Wayne Gretzky and Brett Callighen. He dropped to 19 goals the next season and lost his job alongside Gretzky to young Finnish star Jari Kurri. Prior to the trade deadline in March, 1981, MacDonald was traded to the Vancouver Canucks where he was a decent worker until early in the 1982-83 schedule.
For the 1979–80 campaign, Edmonton joined the NHL as part of the WHA merger, and MacDonald would have the finest year of his career. Riding the playmaking wizardry of Gretzky, he would finish the season with 46 goals and 48 assists for 94 points, a total good for 10th in the league. He was also selected to represent the Oilers at the 1980 NHL All-Star Game. With just 6 penalty minutes all season, he finished 4th in balloting for the Lady Byng Trophy as the league's most gentlemanly player, an award ultimately won by Gretzky.
Played in 1974 NHL All-Star Game
73 g, 88 a, 161 pts in 237 NHL GP
139 pts in 200 GP
Legends of Hockey
Right-winger Al McDonough was a clever goal scorer in junior and the minors who enjoyed one big NHL season. He played over 200 big league games and was a solid worker on the power play and could handle checking assignments efficiently.
Played in 1951 and 1952 All-Star Games
49 G, 43 A, 92 pts in 208 GP
Legends of Hockey
In Manhattan Sinclair made an immediate impact scoring 18 goals as a rookie and playing in the NHL All-Star Game. The following year Sinclair hit the 20-goal plateau and once again represented the Broadway Blueshirts at the All-Star game. Despite his scoring prowess, his time in New York was over. The Rangers traded Sinclair and Johnny Morrison to the Detroit Red Wings on August 18th 1952 in exchange for All-Star defenseman Leo Reise, Jr.
With the Red Wings Sinclair was unable to duplicate his previous production and only scored 11 goals and 23 points. Sinclair played three playoff games with Detroit and contributed 1 goal. The playoff contests ended up being Sinclair's last games as a professional player as he retired following them.
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