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1982-83 Borje Salming Toronto Maple Leafs Game Worn Jersey
Lot #18

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1982-83 Borje Salming Toronto Maple Leafs Game Worn Jersey
Lot #18

This road blue knit gamer by Maska was worn by Borje Salming during the 1982-83 NHL season. Salming patrolled the Maple Leafs blue line for the first 16 seasons of his career, serving the franchise with dignity and pride. Those 16 years of service and 1099 games placed Borje as the 3rd longest tenured Leafs player in team history trailing only Tim Horton and George Armstrong. His skill on the ice earned him a 1st or 2nd team NHL All Star nomination for 6 consecutive seasons spanning from 1975-80. This feat was accomplished during an era where his contemporaries on defense included the likes of Bobby Orr, Denis Potvin, Larry Robinson, Brad Park, Guy Lapointe and Serge Savard among others.

Borje was among the very first Europeans to play in the NHL and was often physically challenged on the ice due to his Swedish heritage. Salming consistently rose to that challenge and deserves to be remembered for his courage which paved the way towards making the NHL a truly international league. Salming was deservingly the first European born player elected to Hockey’s Hall of Fame. He represented Team Sweden in 2 different Canada Cup games, 1976 and 1981, and also represented Team NHL during the 1979 Challenge Cup.

The sleeves of this vintage gamer have been customized by the Leafs staff, first being shortened just beneath the double reinforced elbow and then having four inch cotton sleeve extensions added. The game wear on this heavyweight Maska Ultrafil consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, board paint transfer, un-repaired burn holes, washed out bloodstains, inner pilling and a handful of team-sewn repairs on the extended areas of the sleeves. Also worthy of mention is the added reinforcement on the fight strap. Shown above is a striking black and white photo taken of Salming during the 1982-83 season, a perfect style match and likely the same jersey being offered here today. A beautiful 3-decade old vintage example, choice!