Sven Tumba
Sven Tumba 1960.jpg
Born 27 August 1931(1931-08-27),
Stockholm, SWE
Died 1 October]] 2011 (aged 80),
Stockholm, SWE
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
Pro clubs Djurgårdens IF
Ntl. team Flag of Sweden Sweden
Playing career 1950–1966

Sven Tumba (born Sven Olof Gunnar Johansson; 27 August 1931 – 1 October 2011) was one of the most prominent Swedish ice hockey players of the 1950s and 60s. He also represented Sweden in football as well as golf.

Johansson first became known as "Tumba" in the 1950s since there were other players with the same last name, and he grew up in the Swedish town of Tumba. In October 1960 he married his wife Mona, and five years later he, along with Mona, legally changed his family name to Tumba.

After his retirement from hockey, he became an accomplished golfer, a golf course designer as well as an ambassador to the game of golf, even officially introducing the game of golf to the former Soviet Union. He died on 1 October 2011 after being at the Danderyds sjukhus hospital for three months due to an infection in the hip.[1] He was subsequently honored prior to the Elitserien games that were played that day, with a one-minute silence.[2] His body was buried at the Engelbrekt church in Östermalm, Stockholm, on 20 October 2011. Approximately 500 friends and relatives arrived at the church to leave flowers and honour Sven Tumba.

Ice hockeyEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of Sweden Sweden
Ice hockey
Olympic Games
Bronze 1952 Oslo Team
Silver 1964 Innsbruck Team
World Championships
Gold 1953 Zürich/Basel Team
Bronze 1954 Stockholm Team
Gold 1957 Moscow Team
Bronze 1958 Oslo Team
Gold 1962 Colorado Springs/Denver Team
Silver 1963 Stockholm Team
Bronze 1965 Tampere Team

Tumba played for the Swedish club Djurgårdens IF from 1950 to 1966, winning eight Swedish Championships and leading the league top goal scorer three years. He had a lengthy international career, playing for Sweden at 14 IIHF World Championships, four Winter Olympics, named best forward at the 1957 and 1962 World Championships and top scorer at the 1964 Winter Olympics. He also captained the national team. Djurgården has retired number 5 in his honor.

Tumba still holds the Swedish scoring record of 186 goals (in 245 games) for the Swedish national team.[3]

In 1997 he was inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame[4] and was in 1999 awarded the "Best Swedish Ice-hockey Player of All Times", outvoting prominent players such as Peter Forsberg and Mats Sundin.

Tumba was the first European player to attend an NHL training camp, with the Boston Bruins in 1957.

As a player:

  • 1950-63: 8-time Swedish Champion (1954, 55, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63)
  • 1952: Olympic bronze, Oslo, Norway.
  • 1953: World Champion, Zurich-Basel, Switzerland.
  • 1954: World Championship Bronze, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1956: Olympic 5th place, Cortina, Italy.
  • 1957: Test player for Boston Bruins. He was offered a contract, but turned it down, since he then would have become ineligible to play for the Swedish national team.
  • 1957: World Champion, Moscow, USSR (also nominated best forward.)
  • 1958: World Championship Bronze, Oslo, Norway.
  • 1960: Olympic 5th place, Squaw Valley, USA.
  • 1962: World Champion, Colorado Springs, USA (also nominated best forward.)
  • 1963: World Championship Silver, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1964: Olympic Silver, Innsbruck, Austria.
  • 1965: World Championship Bronze, Tampere, Rauma, Finland.
  • 1989: Nominated the best Swedish ice hockey player throughout time.

Ice hockey projects:

  • 1955: Inventor of the first hockey helmet, the SPAPS helmet.
  • 1957: Founder of the Swedish ice hockey school on TV and the first ice hockey tournament for children, TV-pucken.

Personal lifeEdit

Tumba was survived by his wife Mona and their four sons. For most of his retirement, he and his wife lived in West Palm Beach, Florida, returning to Sweden for the summer.


  1. Sebastian Chaaban (2011-10-01). Sven Tumba död (Swedish). Aftonbladet. Retrieved on 2011-10-01.
  2. Andreas Häggström (2011-10-01). Sven Tumba hyllades på elitseriearenorna (Swedish). Hockeykanalen. Retrieved on 2011-10-01.
  3. Flest mål i Tre Kronor genom tiderna (PDF) (Swedish). Swedish Ice Hockey Association. Retrieved on 19 November 2010.
  4. IIHF Hall of Fame. IIHF. Retrieved on 19 November 2010.

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