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April 17, 2013

Pentti Lund Passes Away At Age 87

Former NHLer Pentti Lund has died at age 87.

Lund died in his hometown of Thunder Bay, Ont. He was best remembered as the winner of the Calder Trophy as NHL rookie of the year in the 1948-'49 season. He also helped the Rangers reach the Stanley Cup final one year later, famously shutting down Rocket Richard in their series against Montreal. Lund had a spring to remember that year, also scoring 11 points in 12 Stanley Cup games.

Born on Dec. 6, 1925, in Karijoki, Finland, Lund moved with his family to the Thunder Bay area when he was six years old. Most sources are claiming Lund was the first NHL player who was born in Finland. That is not accurate. Al Pudas was born Siikajoki, Finland in 1899 and played 4 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1926-27 season.

Here is the full Pentti Lund biography

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