Sven Bergqvist

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Sven Bergqvist

Sven Olof Lennart Bergqvist (born August 20, 1914 in Stockholm , † December 16, 1996 in Hässelby ) was a Swedish athlete. He was a soccer and bandy goalkeeper , ice hockey defender and handball player . After an accident, he took part in archery competitions as a disabled athlete .


Bergqvist played from 1932 for Hammarby IF in both the football, the bandy and the ice hockey team. Until 1946 he was active for the club. He also played handball for SoIK Hellas . In addition, he was appointed to both the Swedish national football team and the national ice hockey team. In 1936 he took part in both the Winter Olympics and the Summer Olympics. At the summer games he only competed in soccer, although the field handball team had asked him to participate.

Bergqvist made his debut for the national soccer team on June 30, 1935 in a 3-1 victory over Germany . By 1943 he played a total of 35 international matches. He took part in the 1938 World Cup as the third goalkeeper, but was not used. Bergqvist played 55 times in the national ice hockey team, including 30 official international matches.

After a serious accident, Bergqvist was in a wheelchair . He qualified for the 1960 Summer Paralympics in archery. For financial reasons he could not take part as he would have had to bear the travel expenses himself.

In 1999 he was inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame .

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