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Holger Nurmela

Holger Nurmela in 1949.
Born 28 October 1920(1920-10-28)
Stockholm, Sweden
Died 01 March]] 2005 (aged 84)
Tumba, Sweden[1]

Holger "Hogge" Nurmela (28 October 1920 – 1 March 2005) was a Swedish ice hockey, football and bandy player and manager, known for representing Hammarby IF in all three sports.

Athletic career[]

Ice hockey[]

Holger Nurmela playing for Sweden's national team.

In 1937, Nurmela made his debut for Hammarby IF in Elitserien, Sweden's top tier.[2] He won three Swedish championships – 1942, 1943 and 1945 – with the club.[3] He formed a feared line together with right winger Stig Emanuel Andersson and centre Kurt Kjellström.[4]

Nurmela was known as a versatile player with great skating abilities: a sniper, playmaker and grinder combined.[1][5] He won the scoring league in the Swedish top division in both 1949 and 1950.[1] In total, he made 204 competitive appearances for Hammarby, scoring 154 goals.[6]

In 1950, Nurmela joined rivals AIK, which caused some upset among the Hammarby supporters.[7] He stayed with the club for two seasons, after which he played three years with Saltsjöbadens IF in the lower divisions.[8]

He returned to Hammarby in 1955–56 as a player-coach, before retiring from hockey after the Elitserien season.[9] He worked as the head coach of Hammarby between 1955–1957 and 1966–1971.[8]

Nurmela played 121 international games for the Swedish national team, scoring 84 goals, and regularly captained the side.[5][1] Nurmela represented his country at several major tournaments, such as several World Championships. He competed at the 1948, 1952 and 1956 Winter Olympics and won a bronze medal in 1952, finishing fourth in 1948 and 1956.[5]

He is a recipient of the honorary award "Big boy" and was inducted into the Swedish Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012; both awards are handed out by Swedish Ice Hockey Association.[10][1]

Football[]

In 1939, at age 18, Nurmela debuted in the senior football team of Hammarby IF.[11] During his full first season, in 1939–40, Hammarby competed for one season in Allsvenskan, the domestic top league, with Nurmela playing 16 of 22 fixtures and scoring 7 goals, but was relegated immediately.[12][5]

Up until 1950, Nurmela made a total of 111 league appearances for Hammarby, mostly in the Swedish second tier Division 2, scoring 77 goals playing as a forward.[13]

Bandy[]

Nurmela was also a prominent bandy player for Hammarby IF between 1940 and 1950.[6]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Holger Nurmela (Swedish). Svenska Ishockeyförbundet. Retrieved on 30 October 2020.
  2. 1938 (Swedish). HIF Historia. Retrieved on 1 November 2020.
  3. Svenska mästare i ishockey (Swedish). Swedish Ice Hockey Association. Retrieved on 30 October 2020.
  4. #17 Kurt Kjellström (Swedish). Swedish Hockey Association. Retrieved on 28 February 2021.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Holger Nurmela (Swedish). SOK. Retrieved on 30 October 2020.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Holger Nurmela (Swedish). Hammarby Hockey. Retrieved on 1 November 2020.
  7. 1951 (Swedish). HIF Historia. Retrieved on 1 November 2020.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Holger Nurmela (Swedish). Eliteprospects. Retrieved on 30 October 2020.
  9. 1956 (Swedish). HIF Historia. Retrieved on 1 November 2020.
  10. Stora Grabbar (Swedish). Svenska Ishockeyförbundet. Retrieved on 30 October 2020.
  11. 1938 (Swedish). HIF Historia. Retrieved on 30 October 2020.
  12. 1940 (Swedish). HIF Historia. Retrieved on 30 October 2020.
  13. Hammarby IF:s historia (Swedish). HIF Historia. Retrieved on 30 October 2020.
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