Anders Börje Salming (April 17, 1951 – November 24, 2022) was a Swedish ice hockey defenseman. Salming played in the NHL for 17 years, 16 of them in Toronto. The 6-foot-1 blueliner scored 150 goals, had 637 assists, and was selected to three All-Star games in 1,148 games.
Salming recently traveled to Canada with Pia and Teresa to see an ALS doctor, who prescribed a medication that could help slow the progression of the disease and give him more time to live.
Börje Salming Health: What Illness Did Börje Salming Have?
Former Toronto Maple Leaf defenseman Börje Salming has spoken out about his battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which has taken away his ability to speak and made it difficult for him to eat normally.
“His illness is moving at a breakneck pace,” Salming's wife Pia told Expressen.
According to the ALS Society of Canada, ALS “is a disease that gradually paralyzes people because the brain is no longer able to communicate with the muscles of the body that we are normally able to move at will.”