Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Inge Hammarstrom
It's fair to say Inge Hammarstrom is often the forgotten man when talk arises about how the Toronto Maple Leafs first introduced European players into their lineup back in the early 1970s. Of course, the marquee catch was defenseman Borje Salming, but Hammarstrom was a star in his own-right in his native country of Sweden when he and Salming crossed the Atlantic in what was then ground-breaking, uncharted territory for European players. The talented winger was known for his speed, which the Leafs felt they were lacking at the time.

Hammarstrom played with strong teams in Sweden, including perennial powerhouse Brynas IF Gavle, where he suited up for five years. He was also a member of Swedens entry at the 1972 Sapporo Winter Olympics.

In May, 1973, Hammarstrom inked a free-agent contract with the Maple Leafs and was with the club for the start of the season. He played a total of 66 games that year, notching 20 goals and 43 points. It was evident Hammarstrom had good skating skills and finesse, but he didn't seem to adjust so well to the more aggressive style of bodychecking in the smaller North American NHL rinks. Toronto traded Hammarstrom to St. Louis in November, 1977 for Jerry Butler. He remained with the Blue for two years before deciding to finish out his professional career back in his homeland, rejoining Brynas IF Gavle for three years, retiring at the end of the 1981-82 season at the age of 34.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1964-65 Wistra-Ostrand IF Sweden 20 7 4 11 6
1965-66 Wistra-Ostrand IF Sweden 21 9 8 17 2 2 0 0 0 0
1966-67 Timra IF Sweden 19 14 11 25 4
1967-68 Timra IF Sweden 21 14 10 24
1968-69 Brynas IF Gavle Sweden 6 5 1 6 0 7 2 2 4 0
1969-70 Brynas IF Gavle Sweden 14 7 4 11 2 14 7 1 8 2
1970-71 Brynas IF Gavle Sweden 14 6 11 17 4 14 4 2 6 4
1970-71 Sweden WEC-A 7 2 1 3 4
1971-72 Brynas IF Gavle Sweden 28 19 9 28 10 10 6 0 6 0
1971-72 Sweden Olympics 6 4 2 6 0
1971-72 Sweden WEC-A 10 6 0 6 0
1972-73 Brynas IF Gavle Sweden 28 18 11 29 14 14 10 6 16 8
1972-73 Sweden WEC-A 10 6 3 9 2
1973-74 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 66 20 23 43 14 +17 4 1 0 1 0
1974-75 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 69 21 20 41 23 -14 7 1 3 4 4
1975-76 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 76 19 21 40 21 0
1976-77 Sweden Can-Cup 5 1 2 3 2
1976-77 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 78 24 17 41 16 +8 2 0 0 0 0
1977-78 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 3 1 1 2 0 +1
1977-78 St. Louis Blues NHL 70 19 19 38 4 -21
1978-79 St. Louis Blues NHL 65 12 22 34 8 -13
1978-79 Sweden WEC-A 8 4 1 5 2
1979-80 Brynas IF Gavle Sweden 34 16 10 26 30 7 5 3 8 6
1980-81 Brynas IF Gavle Sweden 29 13 8 21 20
1980-81 Sweden WEC-A 6 1 1 2 2
1981-82 Brynas IF Gavle Sweden 34 10 12 22 20
NHL Totals 427 116 123 239 86 13 2 3 5 4


Playoff statistics for Brynas IF (1968-69) are Relegation Round totals. Signed as a free agent by Toronto, May 12, 1973. Traded to St. Louis by Toronto for Jerry Butler, November 1, 1977.