Hockey legend Börje Salming has died of complications from the disease ALS, the Toronto Maple Leafs, his former club, confirmed on their website.
Börje Salming made a name for himself as one of ice hockey’s biggest stars. He was selected for the NHL’s first All-Star team in the 70s and has since been inducted as the first Swede into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1996 and has been honored as one of the 100 greatest NHL players.
On August 10, 2022, Börje Salming announced that he had suffered from the incurable nerve disease ALS. His condition rapidly deteriorated during the fall and he recently lost the ability to speak. He attended and was honored a week ago at the Times Hockey Gala, and also recently during a ceremony at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. “It was very emotional,” Mats Sundin told Aftonbladet in connection with the tribute. “But it’s also fantastic to be able to join in and experience how Toronto shows Börje so much love. Börje took it in himself too, it was really noticeable. He feels the support he gets from this city.”
Börje Salming was born in 1951 and grew up in Kiruna. He became one of the first Swedish professionals abroad in ice hockey and moved to Canada in the early 70s. After the announcement of his death, a minute’s silence was held for him in all the SHL’s arenas.
Börje Salming was 71 years old.