Monday, May 6, 2013

Gustav Forslund

This is Gustav "Gus" Forslund. He played one season in the National Hockey League. In 1932-33 the 5'10" 150lb right winger played the whole 48 game season with the Ottawa Senators. He scored 4 goals and 13 points and then quickly disappeared from the NHL and pro hockey altogether.

But by making the NHL he became the answer to a very good trivia question. That's because Gustav Forslund became the first Swedish born player in National Hockey League history.

Now there is an asterisk attached to this story. Forslund was born in Umea, Sweden but he moved to Canada as a youngster. He grew up playing the great Canadian game on the frozen sloughs near Port Arthur,  Ontario, better known today as Thunder Bay.


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