MAPLE LEAFS GREAT BORJE SALMING DIAGNOSED WITH ALS
Aug 10, 2022
By Bob Komsic
Former Leafs defenceman Borje Salming has been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
The 71-year-old Salming, who played 16 of his 17 seasons in the NHL with Toronto (1973-1989) and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1996, said a statement he realizes there’s no cure but says there are treatments available to slow its progression.
”I do not know how the days ahead will be, but I understand that there will be challenges greater than anything I have ever faced,” he said.
”I also recognize that there is no cure but there are numerous worldwide trials going on and there will be a cure one day.
Since I started playing ice hockey as a little kid in Kiruna, and throughout my career, I have given it my all.
And I will continue to do so.”
Salming’s receiving treatment in his native Sweden, where there are over 800 living with ALS.
According to the ALS Society of Canada, 3,000 Canadians live with it.
Salming, one of the first wave of Europeans to play in the NHL, ranks fourth among Maple Leafs career scoring leaders with 768 points in 1,099 games.
In 1977, he was voted one of the 100 greatest players in NHL history by a panel that included former players, coaches, executives and media.