Börje Salming, a legendary NHL defender who spent 16 years as a mainstay on the Toronto Maple Leafs’ blue line, has died. He was 71 years old. The Maple Leafs announced Salming’s death on Thursday afternoon.
Brendan Shanahan, President, and Alternate Governor, issued a statement in which he described Böjje as “a pioneer of the game and a legend with an indomitable spirit and unquestionable tenacity.” He paved the way for more Europeans to play in the NHL and established himself through his on-ice performance and community service.
“The Maple Leafs welcomed Börje 50 years ago, and he will always be a member of our hockey family. His wife Pia, his kids Theresa, Anders, Rasmus, Bianca, Lisa, and Sara, as well as his brother Stieg, are all recipients of our sincere condolences.”
Salming was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease or Lou Gehrig’s disease, earlier this year. He had been receiving medical care in his home country of Sweden.
Salming, a pioneering European star born in the northern Swedish town of Kiruna, played 1,099 games with the Leafs and now ranks fourth on the team in career points with 768.
In 1997, a jury of retired players, coaches, business leaders, and media people chose him as one of the top 100 players in NHL history.
Salming’s number 21, along with the numbers of other legendary Leafs players such as Dave Keon, Johnny Bower, and Doug Gilmour, was retired in 2016, and it now hangs in the rafters of Scotiabank Arena. In addition, he became the fourth former Maple Leaf to be honored with a statue on Maple Leafs Square’s Legends Row, joining figures such as Bower, Darryl Sittler, and Ted Kennedy.
Borje Salming First Wife: Who Is Pia Salming?
Börje Salming is the husband of Pia Salming, a former Swedish professional ice hockey defenseman. Pia Salming and Borje Salming married in 2016.
Hockey legend Borje Salming and Pia, both born on November 13, 1967, began dating before marrying in 2016. They met while crossing the land Sea and have been in a relationship ever since.
Pia, like her mother, used to be a hairdresser, but she now works as a police officer.
Despite having wanted to be a police officer since she was a child, Pia chose a different career path. Pia used to go to her mother’s hair salon when she was younger. She went where her mother had gone because she felt at ease there.