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NHL Showdown: Börje Salming vs Guy LaPointe

Two of the NHL's best blueliners face off in the final round of NHL Showdown's defencemen's challenge. Toronto's Börje Salming and Montreal's Guy LaPointe go head to head to see who's got the sharpest passing, shooting and skating. One puts on an embarrassing skating display, but overall, it's a great skills showcase.
• In 1996, Börje Salming became the first Swedish hockey player inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. He was also the highest-ranked Swedish player on The Hockey News' 1998 list of the 100 greatest hockey players, where he ranked 74th. The Toronto Maple Leafs retired his number 21 in 2006. • Guy LaPointe joined the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1993. He won six Stanley Cups and was named to four all-star teams during his 16-year career.

• Börje Salming was enormously popular in Toronto; when he represented Sweden in the 1976 Canada Cup in Toronto, the crowd at Maple Leaf Gardens gave him a five-minute standing ovation during player introductions.

• Guy LaPointe's first season with Montreal marked the first time since 1948 that the team missed the playoffs. The Canadiens came back strong the next season, winning the Stanley Cup against the Chicago Blackhawks.

• Salming remained very fit after retirement, as was plainly evident when he posed nude for a series of portraits by Swedish artist Johan Wattberg in 2007, at age 56.

Medium: Television
Program: Showdown
Broadcast Date: April 25, 1978
Announcer: Brian McFarlane
Commentator: Howie Meeker, Larry Robinson
Duration: 6:00

Last updated: February 2, 2012

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