The Toronto Maple Leafs’ beautiful gesture after Börje Salming’s passing – acting to honor the icon’s fine memory

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Börje Salming passed away in the aftermath of the nerve disease ALS.
Now the NHL team Toronto Maple Leafs is acting after the icon’s passing.
To honor the Swede’s memory, a fundraiser for ALS has been started.

It was last Thursday that the news came Börje Salming tragically passed away. The Swedish hockey icon turned 71 years old and lost the battle against the terrible nerve disease ALS.

Tributes to Börje

Since then, tributes and condolences have poured in for several days to pay tribute and honor the legend’s memory. The entire hockey world has united in the great sadness of one of the greatest players in the history of the sport and a truly fine human being.

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221112 Hockey Hall of Fame member and former Toronto Maple Leafs player Börje Salming is consoled by his wife Pia Salming following a video tribute to his career prior to the NHL game against the Vancouver Canucks on November 12, 2022 in Toronto. Photo: Chris Tanouye / BILDBYRÅN / COP 337 / ZX0027

In Toronto, Salming received the most emotional tribute one can receive when he received the genuine love of tens of thousands of spectators two days in a row at Scotiabank Arena a few weeks ago. Now Börje’s former club, the Toronto Maple Leafs, announces that it is taking action after the Swede’s passing.

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Toronto initiative

The NHL team has decided to raise money for an ALS organization in Canada to honor the memory of number 21. In conjunction with the next NHL home game against the San Jose Sharks, all proceeds from the organization’s jersey sales will go to the ALS Action Canada foundation .

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221129 A portrait and book of condolences for Börje Salming ahead of the SHL ice hockey match between Brynäs and Oskarshamn on 29 November 2022 in Gävle. Photo: Tobias Sterner / BILDBYRÅN / COP 254 / TS0104

The specially designed badge with Börje’s name on it, which the players wore on their match shirts immediately after the death notice, will also be available for sale. There, too, all proceeds will go to the Canadian ALS organization, the Maple Leafs announced in a statement on Twitter.

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“Raise our voices”

At ALS Action Canada is Salming’s former teammate Mark Kirtonwho is also affected by the horrible disease.
“Börje Salming’s death reminds us all that it is time to raise our voices and come together as a country to end this terrible and painful disease now,” Kirton said in a statement for the ALS organization.

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In memory of Börje Salming, our commemorative sweater patch will be made available for purchase with all net proceeds going to ALS Action Canada.

Additionally, team sweaters from Wednesday’s game will be auctioned off with all proceeds benefiting the same charity.

— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) November 29, 2022

Börje Salming played a full 16 NHL seasons for the Toronto Maple Leafs and to this day is the player who has made the most assists for the club and is the top scoring defenseman of all time. ALS Action Canada is a patient-led and non-profit organization that works to ensure that ALS sufferers have access to new treatment methods faster, among other things.

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“I think the time for action is right now. I truly believe with Börje’s passing and how much advocacy this has brought, we may look back on this and say the ALS turning point could be his passing.”@KirtSpeaksALS to @Ron_MacLean on Börje Salming and the fight against ALS: pic.twitter. com/kg5MhncBbf

— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) November 26, 2022