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Gösta "Lill-Lulle" Johansson (March 2, 1929 – April 10, 1997), was a famous Swedish ice hockey player and son of Gustaf ”Lulle” Johansson.[1]

In 1953 Johansson became world champion with the Swedish team. He was named one of the best players of 1949-1955 among Sven Tumba, Roland Stoltz and Lasse Björn. He was 32nd winner of “Stor Grabb” (Big Boy), an honorary award within Swedish sports. In 1952 Johansson finished third with the Swedish team in the Winter Olympics ice hockey tournament. He also won silver in 1951 and bronze in 1954 in the World Ice Hockey Championship. As a player of Djurgårdens IF, Johansson was Swedish champion a total of six times.[2]

Johansson was one of the first Swedish ice hockey players to play professionally. He won the German championship as a player of Krefeld in former Federal Republic of Germany. Besides working as a businessman, Johansson was a successful trainer in Sweden, Switzerland and Italy. He coached the team Bolzano to a championship.

He became the second highest ranked Swedish ice hockey professional in Europe. He played in Zurich-Switzerland, and Krefeld in Germany during the 1950-1951 season.

After finishing his active career, Johansson worked as an ice hockey coach. He was also a businessman in Sweden, Switzerland and Italy. Johansson won the Italian championship three times. In 1995 he married the German skater Gundi Busch-Johansson. She was Germany’s first VM-championship in ice skating, which she won in 1954. Later they moved to Stockholm with their son Peter Lulle Johansson. In Stockholm, Gundi worked as ice skating trainer for many years before she died in 1997.

Gösta ”Lill-Lulle” Johansson died from liver cancer at home in Stockholm in 1997.

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