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11-03-2010, 06:05 PM
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what happened to haken loob?

he had a bunch of good seasons with you guys and finished up with an 85 point season at 29 years old and anlso winning a stanley cup that season. yet the next year he goes back to sweden, seamingly in his prime., can anyone tell me what happened?

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11-03-2010, 06:11 PM
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Not too sure exactly but I think he just wanted to go home and win championships with his native team while he could. He won a cup with us in '89 and then returned home and continued to win. He retired in '96. It was a different league then and Swedish players were rare. Nowadays leaving to play at home after winning a cup would be mind-blowing.

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Looks like he's the GM of that club in Sweden now:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H%C3%A5kan_Loob

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I think he also wanted to raise his family in Sweden.

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Congrats on your 1,337 post.

On another note, Flames prospect Henrik Bjorklund apparently is the next Loob. I've never watched him play. How is he?

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he had a bunch of good seasons with you guys and finished up with an 85 point season at 29 years old and anlso winning a stanley cup that season. yet the next year he goes back to sweden, seamingly in his prime., can anyone tell me what happened?
He won the Cup here and he had a family he wanted to raise in Sweden. It was a different time with Euros back then, and he wouldn't have been walking away from the kind of money players are making today.

Who knows, if Gilmour hadn't been run out of town and Loob stuck around, we would have been poised for another Cup run or two in the early 90s. Roberts, Nieuwendyk and Fleury were coming into their own, Makarov had come in, MacInnis and Suter were still on the blueline. Its a shame how much talent this team had in the late 80s and early 90s that goes unnoticed and its a shame there was nothing to show for some of those key pieces going.

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Went Super Saiyan. NHL couldn't handle him.

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He won the Cup here and he had a family he wanted to raise in Sweden. It was a different time with Euros back then, and he wouldn't have been walking away from the kind of money players are making today.

Who knows, if Gilmour hadn't been run out of town and Loob stuck around, we would have been poised for another Cup run or two in the early 90s. Roberts, Nieuwendyk and Fleury were coming into their own, Makarov had come in, MacInnis and Suter were still on the blueline. Its a shame how much talent this team had in the late 80s and early 90s that goes unnoticed and its a shame there was nothing to show for some of those key pieces going.
Run out of town my ass.That bum walked out on the Flames and his teammates in the middle of the season over a contract dispute.

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Losing Mullen & Loob for nothing after winning the Cup (and getting greased by Cliff Fletcher) hurt this franchise for decades, IMO.

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Run out of town my ass.That bum walked out on the Flames and his teammates in the middle of the season over a contract dispute.
Wasn't worth making a panic trade.

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Wasn't worth making a panic trade.
Youre right it wasn't.

I would have let him sit the rest of the season if that is what it took. But Risebrough was groomed and taken to school by Fletcher. We lost Macinnis and Nieuwendyk from his lack of GM skills. Nieuwendyk is easier to swallow since we ended up with Iginla.

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Nieuwendyk is easier to swallow since we ended up with Iginla.
Of course he wanted Todd Harvey, thankfully his lack of GM skills made him settle for his second choice.

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he had a bunch of good seasons with you guys and finished up with an 85 point season at 29 years old and anlso winning a stanley cup that season. yet the next year he goes back to sweden, seamingly in his prime., can anyone tell me what happened?
Back in those days, 29 was considered almost the end of a player's NHL career, usually they retired by early 30's. Lanny McDonald was 35 and considered ancient by NHL standards. Guys were making a lot less money, a heck of a lot less.

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First time poster but long time Flame Fan (ever since Jim Peplinski visited my high school back in 81).

Ah...Hakan Loob...aka the "Swedish Gretzky"...a name I haven't heard in quite a while!

I had the pleasure of knowing the Loob's during their brief time in Calgary and can 100% confirm that the main reason they left to go back to Sweden was for their kids. Hakan wanted his kids raised in his homeland and went back before they got too far in school and started to loose their language. He had also achieved the ultimate NHL prize--the Stanley Cup--so there wasn't much left for him over here. He was offered a contract with his old club--Farjestads--which paid him a very competitive amount as compared to his NHL salary. His wife, who was friendly with mine, also did not care for Calgary itself and longed to go home. She was pretty easy on the eyes too!

Utterly fantastic player and super nice guy. He still holds, I believe, the all time scoring record in the Swedish Elite League. Could have easily played another 5 or 6 years as a top-tier NHLer. I understood their reasons for leaving, but as a hockey fan and friend I was sad to see him go.

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Back in those days, 29 was considered almost the end of a player's NHL career, usually they retired by early 30's. Lanny McDonald was 35 and considered ancient by NHL standards. Guys were making a lot less money, a heck of a lot less.
Then he started working at Maclin Ford?

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First time poster but long time Flame Fan (ever since Jim Peplinski visited my high school back in 81).

Ah...Hakan Loob...aka the "Swedish Gretzky"...a name I haven't heard in quite a while!

I had the pleasure of knowing the Loob's during their brief time in Calgary and can 100% confirm that the main reason they left to go back to Sweden was for their kids. Hakan wanted his kids raised in his homeland and went back before they got too far in school and started to loose their language. He had also achieved the ultimate NHL prize--the Stanley Cup--so there wasn't much left for him over here. He was offered a contract with his old club--Farjestads--which paid him a very competitive amount as compared to his NHL salary. His wife, who was friendly with mine, also did not care for Calgary itself and longed to go home. She was pretty easy on the eyes too!

Utterly fantastic player and super nice guy. He still holds, I believe, the all time scoring record in the Swedish Elite League. Could have easily played another 5 or 6 years as a top-tier NHLer. I understood their reasons for leaving, but as a hockey fan and friend I was sad to see him go.
Great guy, great player and great GM. And yes, Loob still got the (unbreakable) scoring record in SEL.

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