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Från “lappjävel” till ”the King”: Börje Salming, NHL, och den svenska modellen
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sport Science.
2017 (Swedish)In: Scandinavian Sport Studies Forum, ISSN 2000-088X, E-ISSN 2000-088X, Vol. 8, p. 163-196Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [sv]

Den här artikeln handlar om tidigare Toronto Maple Leafs- och Team Sweden-stjärnan Börje Salming och hans roll som banbrytare för migrationen av svenska ishockeyspelare till den nordamerikanska hockeyligan NHL. På ett övergripande plan är syftet att belysa omvandlingen av den svenska (idrotts-) modellen kring millennieskiftet 2000. Utifrån ett omfattande arkivmaterial och mediekällor – inklusive föreningsprotokoll, tidningar, självbiografiska betraktelser och intervjuer – hävdas att Salmings enastående NHL-karriär inte bara banade väg för generationer av hans landsmän genom att punktera den nordamerikanska myten att skandinaviska spelare var mjuka och ömtåliga – en allmän uppfattning – men också bidrog till att omvandla den svenska nationalidentiteten och den hegemoniska ishockeymaskuliniteten. Teoretiskt bygger artikeln på medieforskaren Garry Whannels arbeten om mediesportstjärnor, och begreppet stardom som ”a form of social production in which the professional ideologies and production practices of the media aim to win and hold our attention by linking sporting achievement and personality in ways which have resonance in popular common sense”.

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Malmö, 2017. Vol. 8, p. 163-196
Keywords [sv]
Canada, Sverige, ishockey, maskulinitet, NHL, den svenska modellen, nationell identitet, migration, våld
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Social Sciences, Sport Science; Humanities, History; Humanities, Cultural Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-74492OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-74492DiVA, id: diva2:1209423
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Swedish National Centre for Research in Sports
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This paper deals with former Toronto Maple Leafs and Team Sweden great Börje Salm- ing’s role as a trailblazer for the migration of Swedish ice hockey players to the NHL. Ultimately, the aim is to shed light on the transformation of the Swedish (sports) model at the turn of the 21st century. Drawing on a wide range of archival material and media sources – including club records, newspapers, autobiographical accounts and interviews – it is argued that Salming’s stellar NHL-career not only paved the way for generations of his countrymen by working to dispel the North American myth that Scandinavian play- ers were soft and fragile, as it is commonly asserted, but helped transform the Swedish national identity and hegemonic ice hockey masculinity as well. Theoretically, the paper is grounded in media researcher Garry Whannel’s work on media sport stars, and the no- tion of stardom as “a form of social production in which the professional ideologies and production practices of the media aim to win and hold our attention by linking sporting achievement and personality in ways which have resonance in popular common sense”. 

Available from: 2018-05-23 Created: 2018-05-23 Last updated: 2018-06-08Bibliographically approved

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