January 20, 1948 |
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||182 lb (83 kg; 13 st 0 lb)|
|Played for||Wifsta/Östrands IF
Toronto Maple Leafs
St. Louis Blues
Hans Inge Hammarström (born January 20, 1948) is a Swedish former professional ice hockey left winger who played six seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Toronto Maple Leafs and St. Louis Blues. He is currently a European scout with the Vancouver Canucks.
Inge played his first hockey games at the top national league level in 1963 for Timrå IK, at the age of 15. The 1968–69 season he left for Brynäs IF where he would win the Swedish Championship 4 times (1970, 1971, 1972 and later in 1980).
His career ended in 1982, aged 35, after another three seasons with Brynäs IF.
After his playing career ended, Hammarström began working as a European-based hockey scout, including a stint with Central Scouting. From 1990 to 2008, he was the chief European scout for the Philadelphia Flyers.
Most famously, Hammarström is credited with being the scout who pushed the hardest for Philadelphia to select Peter Forsberg with the sixth overall pick of the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. At the time, the pick was considered a surprise — and a bit of a gamble. Forsberg had been ranked considerably lower by The Hockey News in its 1991 Draft Preview, and most observers expected the player to be taken late in the first round or early in the second round of the draft.
- Canada.com. Canucks send Dave Gagner to Finland, to make sure Forsberg gamble is worth taking. Accessed on November 6, 2009.
- "Inge Hammarström" (in Swedish). Timrå IK Supporter's club. Retrieved January 24, 2007.[dead link]
- "Inge Hammarström - player profile and career stats". European Hockey.Net. Retrieved January 24, 2007.
- "Inge Hammarström". Elite Prospects. Retrieved January 24, 2007.
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