Sven Tumba Johansson
Sven Tumba
Position Centre
Shot Left
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
190 lb (86 kg)
Teams Djurgårdens IF
Nationality Flag of Sweden Swedish
Born August 28 1931 (1931-08-28) (age 88),
Tumba, SWE
Pro Career 1950 – 1966

Sven "Tumba" Johansson (born Sven Olof Gunnar Johansson; August 28, 1931 in Tumba, Sweden) was one of the most prominent Swedish ice hockey players of the 1950s and 60's and also represented Sweden in football as well as golf.

Sven "Tumba" Johansson first became known as "Tumba" in the 1950s since there were other players with the name Johansson and Sven was born in the Swedish town of Tumba. In 1965 he legally changed his family name to "Tumba".

After his retirement from hockey, he became a serious golfer, a golf course designer and ambassador to the game of golf, even officially introducing the game of golf to the former Soviet Union.

Ice hockeyEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of Sweden Sweden
Men's 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.

Tumba still holds the Swedish scoring record of 186 goals (in 245 games) for the Swedish national team, the Three Crowns.

In 1997 he was inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame and was in 1999 awarded the "Best Swedish Ice-hockey Player throughout Time", 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.
  • 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, the TV-puck.


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