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Every European player in the NHL owes a mountain of debt to Borje Salming. Before he came along, most perceived Scandinavian players as soft. Originally was known as the “Swedish Chicken”; he quickly earned the new nickname of “King Salming”. Recruited by Toronto in 1973, the defenseman finished his rookie season with 39 points. In 16 seasons with Toronto, he earned 620 assists (a club record) for 768 points. An iron man, he is third on the Leafs’ all-time games’ list with 1099 and possessed enormous stamina, even in his late 30’s. Even though he was considered a skill player, he wasn’t afraid to mix it up in the corners or block shots.