WATCH: Maple Leafs honor Börje Salming in first home game since his death

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Maple Leafs legend Börje Salming passed away in November at 71 due to problems from ALS. Prior to Wednesday night’s video game versus the Sharks, Toronto honored the Hall of Fame defenseman.

Before the opening puck drop at Scotiabank Arena, the Maple Leafs played a homage video for Salming. The event consisted of 21 seconds of silence to honor Salming’s number with Toronto, which awaits the rafters.

The Maple Leafs revealed that they would be raising cash for ALS Action Canada with the net earnings from the sale of the brand-new Reverse Retro jerseys and a jersey spot honoring Salming going to the charity. ALS Action Canada Board Member Mark Kirton, who likewise bet the Maple Leafs, thanked the Maple Leafs for commemorating Salming in such a significant method.

“On behalf of ALS Action Canada, the first and only ALS patient-led advocacy organization in this country, we thank the Toronto Maple Leafs for its generosity in supporting our work to help ALS families urgently access new drug therapies, get better access to clinical trials, and push for increased research funding for a cure,” Kirton stated. “Börje Salming’s death reminds us all that it is time to raise our voices and come together as a country to end this horrific and torturous disease now.”

Just over 2 weeks earlier, Salming remained in Toronto for the Hall of Fame weekend, and the Maple Leafs brought him onto the ice prior to their video game versus the Vancouver Canucks. Head coach Sheldon Keefe likewise began an all-Swedish lineup in honor of Salming that night.

Salming made his launching for the Maple Leafs in the 1973-74 season, and he ended up being an instantaneous star. That year, he ended up third in electing the Calder Trophy, and he ended up fifth in electing the Norris Trophy.

Throughout his long period in Toronto, Salming would develop himself as one of the premier defensemen in Maple Leafs history. In 1,099 video games with the Maple Leafs, Salming acquired 148 objectives, 620 helps, and 768 points.

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