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Leaf of the Day - Oct 3, 2008 - Anders Hedberg

Oct 3-5, 2008 - Anders Hedberg

Here's former Leafs European scout Anders Hedberg. 

Yes, this is typically supposed to be a Leaf PLAYER, and Hedberg wasn't, but given what happened in St. Louis and what is likely to befall us against Detroit twice, better to have a good laugh.

Hedberg proves here that if you can score 70 goals, it doesn't matter what you smile like.

Hedberg, IIRC, was the voice behind the picking of Nik Antropov at #10 in 1998.  He left after it became clear he wasn't going to get a shot at GM, not that he's gotten that shot elsewhere, either.

Hedberg was never the same scorer after he got to the Rangers, but Nilsson was hurt all the time and Hull wasn't there.  Good player all the same.

Just don't take closeups.

(Not really a Hedberg story, but interesting all the same:  Most people forget that Bobby Hull tried to make a comeback in 1981-82 with the Rangers.  It didn't work.  I always thought it odd that of all teams, he'd pick New York, but of course, who was on the Rangers in 1981-82?  Hedberg and Nilsson.  Hoping for old magic, I guess.)

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1966-67      Svedjeholmens IK      Sweden-3      16      24           24                                   
1967-68     MoDo AIK Ornskoldsvik     Sweden     24     12     6     18                            
1967-68     Sweden     EJC-A     5     6     1     7     0                        
1968-69     MoDo AIK Ornskoldsvik     Sweden     19     10     13     23     2                        
1968-69     Sweden     EJC-A     5     5     0     5     2                        
1969-70     MoDo AIK Ornskoldsvik     Sweden     14     9     14     23     2                        
1969-70     Sweden     EJC-A     5     6                                    
1969-70     Sweden     WEC-A     9     2     3     5     0                        
1970-71     MoDo AIK Ornskoldsvik     Sweden     14     7     6     13     0                        
1971-72     MoDo AIK Ornskoldsvik     Sweden     2     1     0     1     0         6     3     5     8     0
1971-72     Sweden     WEC-A     10     6     5     11     4                        
1972-73     Djurgardens IF Stockholm     Sweden     12     6     3     9     2         14     6     7     13     4
1972-73     Sweden     WEC-A     10     2     5     7     0                        
1973-74     Djurgardens IF Stockholm     Sweden     14     10     6     16     2         14     7     7     14     4
1973-74     Sweden     WEC-A     10     7     3     10     2                        
1974-75     Winnipeg Jets     WHA     65     53     47     100     45                        
1975-76     Winnipeg Jets     WHA     76     50     55     105     48         13     13     6     19     15
1976-77     Sweden     Can-Cup     5     3     2     5     4                        
1976-77     Winnipeg Jets     WHA     68     70     61     131     48         20     13     16     29     13
1977-78     Winnipeg Jets     WHA     77     63     59     122     60         9     9     6     15     2
1978-79     New York Rangers     NHL     80     33     45     78     33     +19     18     4     5     9     12
1978-79     NHL All-Stars     Ch-Cup     2     0     0     0     0                        
1979-80     New York Rangers     NHL     80     32     39     71     21     +13     9     3     2     5     7
1980-81     New York Rangers     NHL     80     30     40     70     52     0     14     8     8     16     6
1981-82     Sweden     Can-Cup     5     4     2     6     0                        
1981-82     New York Rangers     DN-Cup     4     1     2     3                            
1981-82     New York Rangers     NHL     4     0     1     1     0     -2                    
1982-83     New York Rangers     NHL     78     25     34     59     12     +17     9     4     8     12     4
1983-84     New York Rangers     NHL     79     32     35     67     16     +18     5     1     0     1     0
1984-85     New York Rangers     NHL     64     20     31     51     10     -15     3     2     1     3     2
WHA Totals     286    236    222    458    201        42    35    28    63    30
NHL Totals     465     172     225     397     144     +31    58     22     24     46     31

Swedish Junior Player-of-the-Year (1969, 1970)
Named Best Forward at EJC-A (1970)
WHA Second All-Star Team (1975)
Lou Kaplan Trophy (Rookie of the Year - WHA) (1975)
WHA First All-Star Team (1976, 1977, 1978)
Bill Masterton Trophy (1985) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1985)

- Only goals and games played totals are available for 1966-67 season.
- Signed as a free agent by Winnipeg (WHA), May 3, 1974.
- Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, June 5, 1978.

the HHOF take on Anders:

In 1969 the head coach of the Swedish national team invited a 17-year-old named Anders Hedberg to join the national team, but his studies prevented him from accepting. Hedberg made his first appearance in the national lineup the following year and immediately proved he was a player with great talent. He was even nicknamed "the New Tumba" after 1950s Swedish hockey star Sven "Tumba" Johansson. Hedberg played 100 official games for Sweden.

One of Hedberg's most memorable goals was the third one he scored against Vladislav Tretiak in the 1976 Canada Cup tournament. On a perfect pass from defenseman Borje Salming, Hedberg went one on one with the Soviet goalkeeper and tied the score 3-3.

By this time, he had already left Stockholm's Djurgarden and joined the Winnipeg Jets in the newly formed World Hockey Association. In what was perhaps the happiest time in his sports career, Hedberg played with teammate Ulf Nilsson on the same line as the legendary Canadian hockey player Bobby Hull?a line that was then considered the best in the WHA. Hull often stated that he'd never had partners who had mastered the fine points of hockey as well as the two Swedes, Hedberg and Nilsson. Bobby Hull scored his 1,000th career goal while playing in the lineup with the two Scandinavians.

After the demise of the WHA, Hedberg played seven seasons with the New York Rangers for a total of 465 games in which he scored 172 goals. In a ceremony during the 1997 World Championship in Finland, Anders Hedberg and Tumba Johansson were among those inducted into the European Hockey Hall of Fame.

After completing his hockey career, Hedberg spent several years scouting for talented players in Europe for the Toronto Maple Leafs and was appointed assistant general manager of the team. In August 1999 Swedish newspapers reported that Hedberg had turned down an offer to continue as Toronto's scout. Back in Sweden, he will no doubt continue to play an active role in the world.

I see it says that he went to the Rangers after the demise of the WHA - that's not true.  He skipped out on the last WHA season, as did Nilsson.  They spent 1978-79 in NY.

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