August 03, 2017

IIHF Hall of Famer Nils Nilsson Passes Away

Nils Nilsson, a true pioneer of Swedish hockey, passed away at the age of 81 in late June 2017. 

Nilsson was inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame in 2002 in honour of an impressive career that included two gold medals, two silver, and two bronze in seven World Championships and an Olympic silver medal from the 1964 Games in Innsbruck. He was also named as the tournament's best forward in the 1960 Olympics despite playing for the 5th place team. 

Nilsson is may be best remembered for scoring twice in a 5-3 win over Canada at the 1962 World Championships. The victory was the first ever victory over Canada for Tre Kronor in 31 years of trying. 

Sweden went on to win gold in that tournament, while Nilsson's goal is remembered in his country much like Paul Henderson's famous goal in Canada or Mike Eruzione's famous goal for the United States.

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