Borje Salming is one of the best players to ever play for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Salming is a member of the Maple Leafs Legends Row and is still viewed today by fans as one of the best defenders to ever wear the Blue and White.
Salming played 1,148 games during his NHL career scoring 150 goals and notching 787 career points. Salming had his number 21 retired by the Maple Leafs. Salming still currently holds 6 Maple Leafs records for points and goals by a Leafs' defender.
Unfortunately today Salming, who is now 71-year-old announced a terrible diagnosis this morning on the Maple Leafs Twitter account.
I have received news that has shaken my family and me.
The signs that indicated that something was wrong in my body turned out to be the disease ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig´s disease. In an instant, everything changed. I do not know how the days ahead will be, but I understand that there will be challenges greater than anything I have ever faced. I also recognize that there is no cure but there are numerous worldwide trials going on and there will be a cure one day. In the meantime, there are treatments available to slow the progression and my family and I will remain positive.
Since I started playing ice hockey as a little kid in Kiruna, and throughout my career, I have given it my all. And I will continue to do so.
Right now, I rest assured that I have my loving family around me and the best possible medical care.
I understand that there are many of you that would like to reach out, however I kindly ask you to respect our privacy in these trying times. Please keep us in your prayers. When the time is right and I understand more about my condition and future journey, I will reach out. So, until such a time, we kindly refrain from all contact.
I hope you understand and respect our decision.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Salming and his family during this trying time.