Monday, September 14, 2009


This is a photo from a Swedish newspaper of an youngster who became one of the best European forwards late 60s - early 70s.

He was on the first wave of the Sweden players who within the next 10 years became the third largest community in the NHL and WHA (after Canadians and Americans)
He played more than four hundred NHL games and scored more than hundred goals
He represented Sweden on 1972 Sapporo Olympics and 1976 Canada Cup.

After his playing career ended, he began working as a European-based hockey scout, including a stint with Central Scouting. From 1990 to 2008, he was the chief European scout for the Philadelphia Flyers.

Most famously, he is credited with being the scout who pushed the hardest for Philadelphia to select Peter Forsberg with the sixth overall pick of the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. At the time, the pick was considered a surprise -- and a bit of a gamble. Forsberg had been ranked considerably lower by The Hockey News in its 1991 Draft Preview, and most observers expected the player to be taken late in the first round or early in the second round of the draft.

His name is...