In 1985 Kjell Dahlin became just the second Swede to ever play for the great Montreal Canadiens. His predecessor was Mats Naslund in 1982. The two grew up on the same street back in Timra, Sweden, and would both be instrumental to the Habs Stanley Cup run in 1986.
After serving his compulsory military duty in Sweden, he immediately stepped into the Habs lineup and was the perfect compliment for center Bobby Smith. Dahlin led all NHL rookies with 32 goals that season. The former anti-aircraft gunner became known as hockey star with a machine gun-like shot. His 32 goals and 71 points were both Montreal rookie records.
Dahlin would return to Sweden in 1988 and played the game until 1994. Surprisingly he was not a regular on the Swedish national team, only playing in 11 career matches for Tre Kroner. He would coach junior hockey in Sweden after his playing days.