29 March 1951 |
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)|
|Played for||IFK Luleå (Sweden)
Södertälje SK (Sweden)
Modo AIK (Sweden)
Oklahoma City Stars (CHL)
Fort Worth Texans (CHL)
Colorado Rockies (NHL)
Skellefteå AIK (Sweden)
New Haven Nighthawks (AHL)
New York Rangers (NHL)
Ray Hardy Åström (born 29 March 1951 in Luleå, Sweden) is a retired Swedish professional ice hockey goaltender who played three seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the New York Rangers and Colorado Rockies.
Åström was the first European goaltender to start an NHL game, when he played for the Rangers against the Montreal Canadiens on February 25, 1978. Åström played brilliantly in the Rangers' 6-3 win, which also stopped Montreal's 28-game unbeaten streak.
- Terry Frei (2010-09-16). Playing Piano in a Brothel: A Sports Journalist's Odyssey (1st ed.). Taylor Trade Publishing. ISBN 978-1589794597.
His ridicule of his Rockies' goaltender, Anstrom, has made the man the former coach calls the "Swedish Sieve" one of the working definitions for ineptitude at the net.
- Weekes, Don (2003). The Best and Worst of Hockey's Firsts: The Unofficial Guide. Canada: Greystone Books. p. 240. ISBN 9781550548600.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Eurohockey.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
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