Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Today in history: July 6

Two birthdays today
Anders Kallur: A right wing who only played two games for the Checkers in 1979-80, but he made his mark on hockey history that season. He had two assists in those two games, as he came to North America after playing five years in the Swedish Elite League in his native country. He and teammate Stefan Persson became the first Europeans to win the Stanley Cup when the Islanders clinched the Cup in 1980. Kallur played for all four of the Isles' Cup champions. He totaled 22 goals and 30 assists that first year, then followed with a career-best 36 goals in 1980-81. He had 101 goals 110 assists and 383 GP between 1979-85. He played in four Stanley Cup Finals -- he did not dress in the 1980 playoffs -- winning three and losing one. His biggest playoff contribution came in 1983, the Isles' last of four straight Cups, as he had three goals and 12 assists. Kallur currently is a scout with the Islanders. His daughters Jenny and Suzanna are Swedish track and field athletes. Susanna is the world recordholder in the indoor 60m hurdles. A native of Ludvika, Sweden, Kallur is 59.

Kevin Herom: Winger who played seven scoreless games for the Ice in the 1988-89 season, their inaugural campaign. Those would be the last of 76 pro games Herom would play in a three-year pro career. He was the Islanders' fourth-round pick in 1985. A native of Regina, Saskatchewan, he is 44.

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