A star in Sweden long before he came to play hockey in North America, ANDERS HEDBERG was signed by the Winnipeg Jets of the World Hockey Association in 1974. Playing on a line with Bobby Hull and fellow SwedeUlf Nilsson, HEDBERG was selected the WHA's rookie of the year in 1974-75, was a Second Team All-Star that same year as well as in 1977-78, and was a First Team WHA All-Star in 1975-76 and 1976-77. HEDBERG moved to the NHL's New York Rangers for the 1978-79 season. During six NHL seasons, ANDERS HEDBERG was a 20 or more goal scorer each season. In 1984-85, his last in the NHL, the native of Ornskoldsvik Sweden scored 20 goals and 31 assists for 51 points. But emblematic of a fine and dedicated career more than a single season, ANDERS HEDBERG was awarded the MASTERTON ROPHY for 1984-85. He also announced his retirement from professional hockey.