Sven Tumba passes away at the age of 80

Sven Tumba passes away at the age of 80

01 Oct 2011 | Fredrik Pålsson

One of Sweden's biggest ice hockey legends passed away after a time of illness around 3:30 on Saturday morning. Tumba played 14 World Championships and still holds the record as the top goal scorer of Tre Kronor.

Tumba was born on August 27 1931 as Sven Johansson. Sven Johansson was a very common name so he was often called Tumba Johansson after his home town in 1965 he officially changed his named to Sven Tumba.

During 15 years he made 245 appearances for the Swedish national team, Tre Kronor, scoring 186 goals which is still a record. He played 14 World Championships and won three golds. He is played in four Olympic games and won one silver and one bronze. He also won eight Swedish championships with Djurgården.

He was also a legend of the ice with inventing the first hockey helmet "Spaps" and founding the classic Swedish youth tournament "TV-pucken". Tumba was also successful in other sports and made an international game for Sweden in football. After his career he played golf and is considered a key person to make golf a popular sport in Sweden.
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