Jason Priestley (“Beverly Hills, 90210”) has joined the cast of Viaplay’s English-language series about NHL ice hockey legend Börje Salming.
At the moment filming in Sweden and Canada, the biopic sequence stars Valter Skarsgård (“The Playlist”) as Salming and is created and directed by Amir Chamdin, winner of the Handiest Series Award at Canneseries 2020 for “Partisan.”
The show is written by Martin Bengtsson, who previously wrote “Tigers,” which was once Sweden’s entry for Handiest International Feature Movie on the 2022 Academy Awards.
Priestley portrays Gerry McNamara, the legendary Toronto Maple Leafs skills scout who found Salming and fellow Swede Inge Hammarström and helped start their North American careers.
Salming performed over 1,100 games for the Maple Leafs across 16 seasons (1973-1989), notching 148 targets and 620 assists. He was once named one amongst the 100 ideal NHL gamers in history in 2017 and was once the critical Swedish participant to be inducted into the prestigious Hockey Hall of Status.
“I grew up in Canada, within the ’70s, and I truly watched Börje play, every Saturday night time, on Hockey Night in Canada,” stated Priestley. “I knew some of his story, and clearly what a colossal participant he was once on the ice, however the overall of his story and the affect he had on the sport was once phenomenal, and is serene being felt on the recent time.”
The actor said he’s “always loved the story of how Gerry McNamara found Börje and Inge in Sweden and convinced [Maple Leafs owner Harold] Ballard to sign them in a league that, at the time, wasn’t full of European players the way it is today.”