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03-23-2013, 07:25 AM
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Originally Posted by surf View Post
Well said Sir.You go back further than me with the team..I got really hooked when we brought over Andres Hedberg and Ulf Nilson.Loved them and the line of Hickey,Hedberg,Nilson.Do I remember correctly,were we the first team to bring over Swedes to play in the NHL? Or was Borje Salming here first?
Salming was the first of those.

He came to The Maple Leafs in 73/74
Hedberg went to NA in 74/75 and played for Winnipeg for four years in WHA, before joining Rangers and NHL in 78/79.
Ulf Nilsson came together with Hedberg.

But Sterner was over to NA before Salming. Played 4 games for The Rangers in 64/65.

The first Sweden born to play in NA and Senators, was Gus Forslund, born in Umeň, but he was raised in Canadian hockey, and went over seas just one year old.

So Sterner and Salming was the first Sweden raised players in NHL.

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