Thord Flodqvist

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Thord Flodqvist
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Personal information
Born 5 August 1926
Södertälje, Sweden
Died 15 March 1988 (aged 61)
Södertälje, Sweden
Sport Ice hockey
Club Södertälje SK (1944–60)
AIK IF (1950–52)

Thord Rubert "Flodan" Flodqvist (5 August 1926 – 15 March 1988) was a Swedish ice hockey goaltender who won a bronze medal at the 1952 Winter Olympics. He played 82 international matches with the Swedish national team between 1946 and 1958, and was the primary goaltender in 1952–57. He won the world title in 1953 and 1957, finishing third in 1954 and 1958. Nationally he became Swedish champion in 1953 and 1956 with Södertälje SK. [1] [2]

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  1. 1 2 Thord Flodqvist.
  2. Thord Flodqvist. Swedish Olympic Committee