The 1983-84 rookie card of Canadiens’ Mats Naslund, when O-Pee-Chee mistakenly figured the flashy forward was a defenceman.
The Little Viking was, and still is, a big man in the world of hockey.
Mats Naslund is best remembered by Montreal fans for the starring role he played with the Canadiens from 1982-89, particularly his 43-goal season in 1985-86 when he sparked the Habs to a Stanley Cup championship.
That Stanley Cup win was only one of Naslund’s major success stories in the sport. After he left Montreal and the National Hockey League in 1990, he helped Sweden win the world championship in 1991 at Helsinki, Finland.
Ian MacDonald looks back in this profile of and chat with the former Canadiens star, who’s still remembered fondly in the city where he made himself a big name.