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Sweden Opens A Hockey Hall Of Fame

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These 4 Swedes play/played a combined 43 years for Vancouver
These 4 Swedes play/played a combined 43 years for Vancouver

I saw this story a couple of days ago at HockeyExpressen.se but didn't have the time to post it. In honor of Swedish hockey/sports legend Sven Tumba, who passed away in October at the age of 80, the Swedish Hockey Association announced on November 13th the opening of the Swedish Hockey Hall Of Fame. Tumba will be the first inductee. Tumba has been lauded as the greatest Swedish player of all time. He was a very influential in bringing hockey to the spotlight in Sweden. He was inducted into the International Ice Hockey Federation's Hall Of Fame in 1997. You can read all about Tumba's accomplishments here. A legend in his country.

The reasons why I bring this up this story are obvious. First of all, I am kind of surprised that Sweden didn't already have a Hall Of Fame for hockey, but am glad that they now do. Secondly, there are a lot of Canucks (current and past) that

are going to be inducted someday (some more likely than others), most notably the Sedins, Markus Naslund, Thomas Gradin, Mikael Samuelsson, Mats Sundin and Mattias Ohlund. I know most of you hate the Leafs, but Borje Salming will get in before any of those mentioned, as he and Inge Hammarstrom were the 2 Swedes that paved the way for their fellow countrymen to enter the NHL.

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Speaking of Mattias Ohlund...

He is not doing well after knee surgery. At all. It looks like the rugged 35 year-old may be done for the season in Tampa Bay. Ohlund has 4 more years in his contract with the Lightning and is making $3,607,143 per season. I don't want to sound rude...but did we get the best years out of Mattias or what?