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10-05-2012, 05:07 PM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
Borje Salming's struggles in the NHL are widely known; Pelletier even calls him "the most important hockey player of all time." For whatever reason, the struggles of the WHA guys are much less known. Obviously part of that is because Salming played in the NHL. Maybe it was partly because Hedberg and Nilsson took a ton of abuse, but didn't dish it out like Salming did.
And, of course, Salming was the best of the group so his name comes up more often than the others, and he has the Toronto media boost on top of that. Not too many people remember these MLD'ers after a couple of decades, unless they were particularly colorful, and that seems even more true of players who were seen as threats by Canadians and expats by Swedes. There's really not a lot of influential voices out there to advocate for them, other than their former teammates, fans and coaches. And even then, maybe not all were big fans of the cultural shift.

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