Bjorje Salming’s presence brings Toronto to tears


TORONTO | Bjorje Salming was keen to make the trip to participate in the Hall of Fame festivities. His presence during the ceremonies before the game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Toronto Maple Leafs moved the fans, but also the players of both teams.

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Salming, the first Swede in history to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, has had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) for some years. He lost his ability to speak in October.


Bjorje Salming's presence brings Toronto to tears

When we saw it on the red carpet in the center of the ice, we realized what a disease that does not forgive. The physique of the former defender is no longer the same.

Accompanied by his former teammate Darryl Sittler and Mats Sundin, he was able to wave to the crowd. Sittler shed a few tears afterwards. A touching moment from two of the best players in Maple Leafs history.

However, on the ice, the Penguins had the better of it with a 4-2 victory over the locals.




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