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Sven "Tumba" Johansson (born Sven Olof Gunnar Johansson; August 27 1931 in Tumba, Swedenmarker) was one of the most prominent Swedish ice hockey players of the 1950's and 60's and also represented Swedenmarker in football as well as golf.

Sven "Tumba" Johansson first became known as "Tumba" in the 1950's since there were other players with the name Johansson and Sven was born in the Swedish town of Tumbamarker. 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 Hockey

Tumba played for the Swedishmarker club Djurgårdens IF from 1951 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, Tammerfors, Raumo, 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.


In the mid 50's Tumba played for became Swedish Champion with his team Djurgårdens IF and also represented the Swedish national team.

  • 1959: Swedish Champion in football.
  • 1954: Played five games for the National Team.


After his successful career in ice hockey and football Tumba dedicated himself to golf as a player, golf course designer and ambassador of the sport. Sven Tumba was one of the people who introduced golf into Sweden and received an award as the most influential profile for the game of golf the past century.

Tumba also officially introduced the game of golf to the former Soviet Union.

As a Player:
  • 1970: Winner of the Scandinavian International Match Play of Golf.
  • 1971: Represented Sweden in the Eisenhower Trophy, World Amateur of Golf.
  • 1973: Represented Sweden in the World Cup, World Professional Championship.

Golf Projects:
  • 1967: Tumba Golf Center, the first indoor driving range in Sweden. Founder/Designer.
  • 1969: Founded the Colgate Cup, the largest golf tournament for children.
  • 1970: Founder and President (for 15 years) of the Scandinavian Masters, one of the largest tournaments in the PGA European Tour.
  • 1977: Founder and President (for 3 years) of the European Open in the PGA European Tour.
  • 1978: Ullna Golf Club, (host of the Scandinavian Enterprise Open (5 times, 1983-87) and the Eisenhower Trophy 1986. Designer/Project Leader.
  • 1987: Tumba Golf Club Moscow (now called Moscow City Club) the first golf course in the former

Soviet Union, located in central Moscow close to the Swedish Embassy. Founder/Designer.
  • 1988: √Ėster√•kers Golf Club, two 18-hole courses (host for the LPGA Compaq Open and Swedish Tour).
  • 1988: Officially introduced the game of golf to the former Soviet Union.
  • 1988: Founded the first golf school in Soviet.
  • 1995: Founded the World Golfers Championship, a yearly amateur golf tournament in many countries, played by thousands of golfers around the world.
  • 1998: Tumba K√§vlinge Golf for All, L√∂ddek√∂pinge. A new way of golf course design and management, with goal to benefit juniors and the general golf mass.
  • 2004: Nominated the most influential profile for the game of golf in Sweden.


  • 1957-61: Own radio program, the Tumba Hour.
  • 1959: Held water ski shows all across Sweden.
  • 1981: Founded the Tumba Stipendium (grant) for handicapped sportsmen, that amongst other things gave Lev Yashin a hip joint replacement in Sweden.
  • 1987: Founder of the motto "Sport Promotes Friendship and Business", supported by eminent sportsmen, politicians, artists, etc. Examples are Pel√©, Sean Connery, Severiano Ballesteros and Boris Yeltsin.
  • 1989: Received the Royal Medal from HRH King Carl Gustaf for his outstanding sport achievements.
  • 2006: Founded the Sven Tumba Education Fund, Sport for Education, a charity together with AstraZeneca aiming to eradicate illiteracy.

Tumba has also written numerous books: Tumba says it all, Tumba's hockey school (translated into three languages), as well as My rich life (the naked truth).


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