Height: 6' 0", Weight: 170 pounds
Born: 3.29.51 Skelleftea, Sweden
|How he arrived: Rights traded by the New York Rangers for Bill Lochead, 7.2.79
How he left: Signed as a free agent with MoDo Ornskoldsvik (SWE 2nd Division) after 81-82 season
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Astrom is actually the second ever European-born (and trained) goalie to play in the NHL when he debuted with the
Rangers in 1978.
As a Rockie, though, he was more infamous for some of the things coach Don Cherry has said about him. He recounts
one practice where they were doing a drill, and he shoots a puck from the far blue line Astrom's way... through his legs.
He thought it was a fluke and shot another... through his legs again. Next drill!
Cherry had a ton of "horror stories" about him. He would ultimately bill Astrom "The Swedish Sieve." Part of Cherry's
feud with GM Ray Miron was over Astrom. Cherry was gone after the 79-80 season, but Astrom's fate was sealed
when the Rockies acquired Phil Myre and Chico Resch late in the 80-81 season.
I looked at his career numbers. The only bright spot on it was the 77 Worlds, where he helped Sweden win the silver