Ahead of the 2022 Olympics in Beijing, NHL.com/sv counts the five biggest Swedish Olympic hockey moments of all time. This week we start in fifth place and we go back to the beginning of a sporting journey that has given Swedish hockey fans incredible excitement and joy for many years.
Sweden first competed with a team during the Olympics in 1920 in Antwerp, Belgium. Ice hockey was then a sport and the competition was part of the summer games. Sweden’s captain, American businessman Raல்l Le Made, drafted a team of spiced Pandi players with a handful of players who tested the game in Germany in the 10s.
Sweden played six matches in seven days and won the battles against Belgium (8-0), France (4-0) and Switzerland (4-0). However, the loss came against the United States (0-7), Czechoslovakia (0-1) and superior Canada (1-12). Canada, which won the entire show in style, was represented by the Winnipeg Balkans. Sweden finished fourth. Four years later, when games were held in France and the Chamonix, ice hockey was an integral part of the Olympic family.
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Eight teams participated in the tournament, with Switzerland, Czechoslovakia and Canada playing in Group A, this time represented by the Toronto Granites. Sweden won the matches against Czechoslovakia (9-3) and Switzerland (9-0), but against Canada the team was still without a chance and lost 0-22 in the group stage match. Canada went 85-0 in the three-match group stage.
In Group B, the United States dominated the next draw and advanced to the first round with a 52-0 lead after victories over Belgium, Great Britain and France. When the two giants met in the final round, Canada won 6-1. Sweden regained fourth place after a 3-4 defeat to the British in the battle for bronze, with the Blue and Yellow leading 3-2 before the third period.
However, in 1928, the first Swedish ice hockey medal came in the Olympic context. Switzerland and St.. Moritz hosted the Games and 11 teams competed in the absence of the United States.
The Swedish team, placed in Group B, reached the playoffs with a 3-0, 2-2 victory over Czechoslovakia against Poland. In the subsequent playoffs, Sweden beat Great Britain 4-0 and Great Britain 3-1. It was enough for Friday after Canada, which was back in its own class.
The Swedish team consisted of twelve players and players from the Stockholm area, many of whom had elegant nicknames. Sweden’s Silver Army in St. Louis. Moritz:
Carl “Kale Aber” Abraham Sterdolje SK, Emil “Naka” Bergman Naka SK. .
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Canada was represented by the Toronto Varsity Blues under the leadership of renowned coach and professional Con Smith, who did not even need to participate in the group stage but entered the playoffs. There, they beat Sweden 11-0, Great Britain 14-0 and Switzerland 13-0. David Trottier, who played in three games, won the league with 15 points (12 + 3).
With the hockey team’s silver, there were a total of five Swedish medals under St. Moritz Games: Per-Eric Headland, Gold in 50km Cross-Country Skiing, Gillis Grafstrom, Gold Figure Skating, Gustaf Johansson, Silver 50km Cross-Country Skiing and Volcker Anderson, Bronze Cross-50.
Sweden will fall again in the upcoming Olympics in the battle for advanced places. The next major victory in the Olympic environment was not until 1952 when bronze money was accepted in Oslo. Hockey saw its greatest progress for the wider population in Sweden during the Games in Innsbruck, Austria, when Sven Thumba, Ulf Sterner, Bert-Ola Norlander, Nisse Nilsson, “Roll” Stolts and Hans Milt and others played silver after the Soviet Union. Union.
But Sweden will have more classic medals in the future. We will return to these in the coming weeks.
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