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'SHAKEN': Maple Leafs legend Borje Summing diagnosed with ALS

"Please pray."

Borje Salming honoured as next statue on Legends row during the Toronto Maple Leafs and Pittsburgh Penguins game at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on November 14, 2014.
Borje Salming was honored as the next statue in the legend row at the Toronto Maple Leafs' Pittsburgh Penguins game on November 14, 2014 at the Air Canada Center in Toronto. Photo by Craig Robertson/}

Legendary Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Borje Summing has been diagnosed with his ALS.

Summing said in a statement released by the team on Wednesday that from 1973 to 1989 he played 16 his seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs. said like this. myself.

"The telltale signs that something was wrong with my body turned out to be ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. In an instant, everything changed. I don't know what the days ahead will bring, but I do know that there are major challenges that we have never faced before.

"And there is no cure. I know there are a lot of clinical trials going on around the world and eventually there will be a cure, but in the meantime there are treatments that can slow the progression and my family and I are optimistic.

"Since I started playing ice hockey at a young age in Kiruna, I have given my best throughout my career, and I will continue to do so.

"Now , I have my loving family around me, and I feel reassured that I am receiving the best medical care possible.

} Toronto Maple Leaf legend Borje Salming with his Legends Row statue outside Scotiabank Arena on September 12, 2015.
Statue of Toronto Maple Leaf legend Borje Salming and Legend Low outside Scotiabank Arena, September 12, 2015. Photo by Dave Thomas /Toronto Sun

However, we ask that you please respect our privacy during this difficult time. , when I have a better understanding of my condition and future journeys, I will be able to help.So until then, I will refrain from contacting you.

"Thank you for your understanding of our decision.

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