Ronald Pettersson
Position Right Wing
Shot Left
Height
Weight
6 ft 0 in (0 m)
180 lb (82 kg)
Teams Surahammars IF
Södertälje SK
Västra Frölunda IF
Nationality Flag of Sweden Swedish
Born April 16, 1935(1935-04-16),
Surahammar, Sweden
Died March 6 2010 (aged 74),
Gothenburg, Sweden
Pro Career 1951 – 1967
Hall of Fame, 2004


Erik Ronald "Sura-Pelle" Pettersson (April 16, 1935 – March 6, 2010) was a Swedish ice hockey player. He played 252 international games for Sweden between 1955 and 1967, including thirteen World Championships and three Olympic Games. Between 1951 and 1967 Pettersson played for Surahammars IF, Södertälje SK, and Västra Frölunda IF. He won the Swedish championship twice, in 1956 with Södertälje and in 1965 with Västra Frölunda. He won Guldpucken in 1959–60 as the most valuable player in Swedish Championship playoffs.

After suffering a career ending injury in 1967 Pettersson took on the role as head coach for the Swedish national junior team from 1968 to 1974, the Swedish national men's team from 1974 to 1976, and the Norwegian national men's team from 1978 to 1981. He was inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame in 2004, and his jersey #14 was retired by Västra Frölunda in 2002.

Early life[edit | edit source]

Pettersson was born on April 16, 1935, in Surahammar, a rural industrial town where the name Ronald was unusual, thus the locals nicknamed him Collman, after the famous actor Ronald Colman. Pettersson was a natural athletic talent,[1] in his youth he played tennis and table tennis with good results, he started playing bandy as a goalkeeper since his skating was of poor quality. As he developed his skating ability he moved to the outfield. His first ice hockey game with the senior team was an exhibition game against Avesta BK during the autumn of 1952. He was unsuccessful, the first time he received the puck he fell to the ice as he was trying to turn.

Playing career[edit | edit source]

During the 1952–53 season Pettersson debuted at age 17 for his hometown team Surahammars IF in Division 1, then the highest level of ice hockey in Sweden. He played five games, scoring no goals. The following season Pettersson played ten games, scoring nine goals, only one goal shy of his team's scoring leader Arne Holmgren. Surahammar were relegated to Division 2 for the 1954–55 season, where Pettersson set a new club record when scoring 23 goals in seven games.[2] In 1955 he signed with Södertälje SK because he was going to do conscript service in the Swedish Navy, stationed in Stockholm's archipelago.[1] He was in fact supposed to sign with Djurgårdens IF but Södertälje were faster with transfer papers.[1] In 1956 he won the Swedish Championship with Södertälje, scoring one goal in the decisive game against Djurgården which Södertälje won 3–1.[3]

International play[edit | edit source]

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of Sweden.png Sweden
Olympic
Silver 1964 Innsbruck Ice hockey
World Championships
Gold 1957 Moscow Ice hockey
Gold 1962 Colorado Springs Ice hockey
Silver 1963 Stockholm Ice hockey
Silver 1967 Vienna Ice hockey
Bronze 1958 Oslo Ice hockey
Bronze 1965 Tampere Ice hockey
Bronze 1975 Munich Ice hockey
Bronze 1976 Katowice Ice hockey

Pettersson played for Sweden in all thirteen international championships between 1955 and 1967, totaling 252 games for Tre Kronor. Pettersson, a right winger, together with centre Nisse Nilsson and left winger Lars Erik Lundvall, formed the legendary ungdomskedjan (youth line), one of the most successful and considered as Tre Kronor's best line ever.[1][4]

He made his debut for Juniorkronorna in February 1954,[1] and for Tre Kronor when they played two games against Norway in Stockholm on November 26 and 27, 1954.[1] He was selected to Tre Kronor's roster for the 1955 World Championship, he scored his first tournament goal, assisted by Sven Tumba, in a 9–0 win against Poland in the last game of the championship.

Playing style[edit | edit source]

Pettersson was an incredibly hard working right winger,[1] who played an efficient game and made every minute on the ice count. He was a fast skater, and had a well developed goal scoring ability.[1] He was considered a team player, not a crowd pleaser or a man for newspaper headlines, despite his natural athletic talent. Like a chess player he always thought one step ahead, knewing what do to when he received the puck, he was sly, cunning, coldblooded and could always do unexpected moves. His passing game was of high quality and precision, he was a good shooter but rarely used powerful shots, instead he preferred well placed precision shots which had a remarkable ability to find the net.

Legacy[edit | edit source]

With his 252 games Pettersson is ranked fourth all-time in games played for Tre Kronor.[5] His feat was long considered an unbreakable record, but he was surpassed by Thomas Rundqvist in 1993 and later by Jonas Bergqvist and Jörgen Jönsson.

He was inducted to the International Ice Hockey Federation's (IIHF) Hall of Fame in 2004.[6]

He became the fiftieth ice hockey player to receive Stora Grabbars Märke.

His jersey #14 is retired by Frölunda.[6] In 2003 he was inducted as an honour member in Surahammars IF.[7]

Career statistics[edit | edit source]

Regular season and playoffs[edit | edit source]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1952–53 Surahammars IF Division 1 5 0 0 0
1953–54 Surahammars IF Division 1 10 9 9 2
1954–55 Surahammars IF Division 2 7 23 23 8 2 4 4 0
1955–56 Södertälje SK Division 1 10 11 11 6 8 8
1956–57 Södertälje SK Division 1 14 12 13 25 2 6 5 3 8 0
1957–58 Södertälje SK Division 1 14 24 15 39 2 6 5 2 7 2
1958–59 Södertälje SK Division 1 14 14 7 21 6
1959–60 Södertälje SK Division 1 14 19 16 35 10 6 7 1 8 12
1960–61 Västra Frölunda IF Division 2 14 33 33 6 9 9
1961–62 Västra Frölunda IF Division 1 14 9 13 22 7 4 4 8
1962–63 Västra Frölunda IF Division 1 13 23 14 37 7 3 1 4
1963–64 Västra Frölunda IF Division 1 21 20 10 30 20
1964–65 Västra Frölunda IF Division 1 14 3 6 9 23 14 14 2 16 2
1965–66 Västra Frölunda IF Division 1 21 12 17 29 18 8 8 3 11 6
1966–67 Västra Frölunda IF Division 1 20 16 13 29 14 7 4 3 7 0
1967–68 Västra Frölunda IF Division 1 14 11 5 16 8
Division 1 totals 198 183 129 312 105 67 58 19 77 22
Division 2 totals 21 56 56 8 8 13 13 0

International[edit | edit source]

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
1955 Tre Kronor WC 8 1 0 1
1956 Tre Kronor OG 9 5 0 5
1957 Tre Kronor WC 7 9 7 16
1958 Tre Kronor WC 7 5 5 10 0
1959 Tre Kronor WC 8 6 0 6
1960 Tre Kronor OG 7 4 8 12 2
1961 Tre Kronor WC 7 5 2 7
1962 Tre Kronor WC 7 3 4 7 0
1963 Tre Kronor WC 7 3 1 4 0
1964 Tre Kronor OG 7 3 3 6 2
1965 Tre Kronor WC 7 5 3 8 2
1966 Tre Kronor WC 7 2 2 4 2
1967 Tre Kronor WC 4 1 0 1 0


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External links[edit | edit source]

Preceded by
Roland Stoltz
Golden Puck
1960
Succeeded by
Anders Andersson
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