Holger Nurmela

Holger “Hogge” Nurmela (28 October 1920 – 1 March 2005) was a Swedish ice hockey, football and bandy player and manager, known for representing Hammarby IF in all three sports.

Swedish ice hockey player

Holger Nurmela

Holger Nurmela in 1949.
Born (1920-10-28)28 October 1920

Stockholm, Sweden
Died 1 March 2005(2005-03-01) (aged 84)

Tumba, Sweden[1]
Ice hockey career
Position Left winger
Played for Hammarby IF / AIK / Saltsjöbadens IF
National team  Sweden
Playing career 19371956
Association football career
Position(s) Forward
Youth career
Hammarby IF
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1939–1950 Hammarby IF 111 (77)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Bandy career
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1939–1950 Hammarby IF

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (Goals).

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Holger Nurmela playing for Sweden’s national team.

In 1937, Nurmela made his debut for Hammarby IF in Elitserien, Sweden’s top tier.[2] He won three Swedish championships – 1942, 1943 and 1945 – with the club.[3] He formed a feared line together with right winger Stig Emanuel Andersson and centre Kurt Kjellström.[4]

Nurmela was known as a versatile player with great skating abilities: a sniper, playmaker and grinder combined.[1][5] He won the scoring league in the Swedish top division in both 1949 and 1950.[1] In total, he made 204 competitive appearances for Hammarby, scoring 154 goals.[6]

In 1950, Nurmela joined rivalsAIK, which caused some upset among the Hammarby supporters.[7] He stayed with the club for two seasons, after which he played three years with Saltsjöbadens IF in the lower divisions.[8]

He returned to Hammarby in 1955–56 as a player-coach, before retiring from hockey after the Elitserien season.[9] He worked as the head coach of Hammarby between 1955–1957 and 1966–1971.[8]

Nurmela played 121 international games for the Swedish national team, scoring 84 goals, and regularly captained the side.[5][1] Nurmela represented his country at several major tournaments, such as several World Championships. He competed at the 1948, 1952 and 1956 Winter Olympics and won a bronze medal in 1952, finishing fourth in 1948 and 1956.[5]

He is a recipient of the honorary award “Big boy” and was inducted into the Swedish Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012; both awards are handed out by Swedish Ice Hockey Association.[10][1]

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