You’ve heard of goalies standing on their heads? Well, at the 1962 IIHF World Hockey Championship, Swedish netminder Lennart Haggroth grabbed some air.
Held March 8-18 in Denver and Colorado Springs, when all was said and done, Sweden had posted a perfect 7-0-0 record to win its first world title since 1957. And the Swedes celebrated in five style. Gathering at center ice, they hoisted netminder Haggroth up and then tossed him skyward.
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Haggroth posted a 2.00 goals against average during the tournament and was named the tournament’s top netminder. Sven (Tumba) J0hansson, who produced 7-7-14 totals, was named the tournament’s top forward.
In 1957, he attended the training camp of the Boston Bruins, becoming the first European-trained player to participate in an NHL camp. Johansson, who also played internationally for Sweden in soccer and golf, retired with 80-52-132 totals in 90 world championship games, at the time a record.
On this day in 1965, Swedish winger Ulf Sterner became the first European-trained player to play in the NHL. Sterner played four games for the Rangers #Hockey365 #PlayLikeANewYorker pic.twitter.com/n2QE8jxUMz
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Forward Ulf Sterner collected 16 points and was named to the tournament all-star team. On Jan. 27, 1965, playing for the New York Rangers against the Bruins, Sterner became the first European-trained player to participate in an NHL regular-season game.
Canada (6-1-0) captured the silver medal, with the host USA (5-2-) earning the bronze. Political friction over the construction of the Berlin Wall led to the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia and East Germany all boycotting the tournament.