Sports Birthdays for June 6 – Bjorn Borg and More
Here are some of the people in the sports world celebrating birthdays on June 6:
Profession: Retired NHL Player
Best Known For: A six-time NHL All-Star, Ed Giacomin was a goaltender for the New York Rangers and Detroit Red Wings during his 12-year playing career. Awarded the 1971 Vezina Trophy, given each year to the NHL’s best goalie, Giacomin was among the most popular New York Rangers in team history. His number 1 sweater was the second jersey number retired by the NHL franchise. Giacomin was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1987.
Profession: Retired Tennis Player
Best Known For: Considered by many tennis fans to be one of the greatest stars of all-time, Bjorn Borg was once the world’s number one-ranked player. Hailing from Sweden, Borg won 11 Grand Slam singles titles between 1974 and 1981, including five consecutive Wimbledon titles from 1976-80. In 1979, Borg became the first tennis player to earn more than $1 million in prize money in a single season. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1987.
Profession: Retired NHL Player/Current NHL Executive
Best Known For: A five-time NHL All-Star, Cam Neely played right wing for the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League from 1983 to 1996. Neely spent most of his career in Boston, where he now serves as the president of the Bruins. He held that position when the team won the 2011 Stanley Cup. Neely was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2005. His number 8 jersey has been retired by the Bruins. Neely has also appeared on TV shows ‘Rescue Me,’ and ‘Cheers,’ and in the movies ‘Dumb and Dumber’ and ‘Me, Myself and Irene.’
Profession: NFL Player
Best Known For: A former All-Pro, placekicker Olindo Mare is currently a member of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers. Prior to signing with Carolina in 2011, Mare kicked for the Seattle Seahawks, New Orleans Saints and Miami Dolphins, with whom he played the first 10 seasons of his career. While with the Seahawks in 2009, Mare made 24 of 26 field goals, including a franchise-record 21 straight.
Profession: Hockey Player
Best Known For: An excellent defensive right wing, Niklas Sundstrom played 11 years in the NHL with the New York Rangers, San Jose Sharks and Montreal Canadiens. He played with Modo Hockey in his native Sweden from 1991-92 to 1994-95 and returned to skate for them from 2006-07 to the present.