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Thomas Mikael Salo (b. February 1st 1971 in Surahammar, Sweden) is a professional goaltender who plays in the Elitserien for the Frölunda HC.

Salo began playing for Västerås IK of the Elitserien in 1990-91. In 1993, he was drafted to the National Hockey League by the New York Islanders, 118th overall. He masterfully defended the Tre Kronor's nets at the 1994 Olympic Games, as Sweden won the gold medal by shutout. He made a key stop against Paul Kariya of Team Canada during the shootout, which allowed Peter Forsberg to later score the winning goal. This goal has been immortalized on a stamp, but would never have been possible without Salo's save.

But if Salo has had an overall successful career, he is especially remembered among hockey fans for the strange goal he allowed to Belarus in the quarterfinals of the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. It was a rather inoffensive shot from Belarus' defenseman Vladimir Kopat, shot from behind Sweden's blue line. Salo tried to stop it by jumping, but the puck bounced on his mask, then on his back to enter the net, to Swedish fans' dismay, and obviously, to underdog Belarus fans' joy. Salo became the scapegoat of Sweden's defeat, the fans being resentful because he costed them a gold medal they took for granted, especially since the Tre Kronor had been dominant since the beginning of the tournament. Mats Sundin took Salo's defense by saying that the whole team had played sub-par and that a single fluke goal shouldn't cost them a game.

On March 7th, Salo announces his retirement, only to announce, on August 4th of the same year, that he changed his mind and signed with Frölunda, a move that triggered a conflict with MoDo Hockey, that had accepted to end his contract to allow him to retire. With Salo coming back almost right after leaving, MoDo required Frölunda to pay for Salo's signing. The question was settled on August 11th, as MoDo withdrew its claim.

On December 9th 2006, Salo announced he would retire following the 2006-07 season.

This article is part of the Swedish hockey portal.
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