Sweden great Sven Tumba dies at 80

Updated: October 1, 2011, 1:33 PM ET
Associated Press

STOCKHOLM -- Sven Tumba, the three-sport star who was honored as the best hockey player in Sweden and later became a golf pioneer in his country and the former Soviet Union, has died. He was 80.

He died overnight at a Stockholm hospital after an illness, the Swedish Ice Hockey Association said on its website Saturday.

"Swedish ice hockey has lost one of its biggest players through time," said Christer Englund, the association chairman. "With his ice hockey knowledge and with his enthusiasm ...

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