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Nisse Nilsson

Born on March 8, 1936 in Forshaga, Sweden. Nilsson began his brilliant career with his hometown team Forshaga IF and later played a couple of seasons with IK Gota before starring for Leksands IF, which was highlighted by winning the Ahearne Cup in 1967 as well as the Swedish National Championship in 1969. Despite scoring 300 goals for Swedish club teams, "Nisse" arguably had even more success representing the "Tre Kronors", where during 7 IIHF World Championship tournaments, he earned 2 gold (in 1957 and 1962), 2 silver (in 1963 and 1967) and 2 bronze medals (in 1958 and 1965). The 1962 title was extra special for Nilsson as he led all scorers with 18 points en route to a tournament all-star selection. In his three Olympic appearances, in which the World Championships were also decided, Nilsson was selected as the as the IIHF Best Forward at the 1960 event and in his last showing in 1964, took home two silver medals, one Olympic and one World Championship. During his 228 National Team games for his native Sweden, Nilsson was credited with 161 goals.

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