Happy 80th to Edmonton Oiler Norm Ullman, perhaps the most underrated player in hockey history. He scored 490 goals over 22 NHL seasons. He scored number 500 in the WHA on December 10, 1975 vs. the Quebec Nordiques.
Of his stay in the "Rebel League" Ullman states:
"I thought it might be nice to go back and finish my career where it all started. So I went there and had a really good time. It seemed to be a little more relaxing than playing in the National Hockey League. The calibre wasn't up to the NHL, but it was pretty good hockey and they had a fair number of players that moved into the NHL."
Thommie Bergman turns 67 today. He was the first of the Swedes to play in North America in the 1970s. A rugged blueliner, he spent two years with the Detroit Red Wings before joining the WHA Winnipeg Jets in 1974-75.
After the 1977-78 campaign, he jumped back to Detroit where he finished his career.