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Ove Dahlberg
Born(1931-04-12)12 April 1931
Surahammar, Sweden
Died9 January 1997(1997-01-09) (aged 65)
Known forIIHF official
HonorsIIHF Hall of Fame (2004)
Ice hockey career
National team  Sweden
Playing career 1947–1961

Ove Dahlberg (12 April 1931 – 9 January 1997) was a Swedish ice hockey and soccer official. Having previously played a forward position in ice hockey, Dahlberg is considered one of the greatest European referees for his ability to read the game.[1][2][3] He was inducted posthumously into the IIHF Hall of Fame in 2004 and into the Swedish Ice Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012.

Career[edit]

Dahlberg was born on 12 April 1931 in Surahammar, Sweden. He grew up as childhood friends with Ronald Pettersson, who also played hockey and was eventually inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.[3]

Dahlberg played ice hockey before beginning his refereeing career. He began as a forward before transitioning to defence.[4] He played for Surahammars IF in the then-highest Swedish league Hockeyettan before making his Sweden national ice hockey team debut in 1954.[5] He made his international debut at the 1962 Ice Hockey World Championships.[2]

In the 1960s, he was hired by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) to serve as a referee.[3] Due to his reputation as a fair judge, Dahlberg was often selected to referee contentious matches.[1][2] He was chosen to officiate at the 1968 Winter Olympics and 1969 World Ice Hockey Championships.[3]

Dahlberg's reputation with the IIHF carried forward with him into the 1970s and across the world. As a result, his name was suggested as a suitable candidate to referee the Canada and Soviet Union Summit Series in 1972.[3] He judged two games in the series[2] and subsequent games forced a game eight tie breaker between Canada and the Soviets. Team Canada refused to allow two previous referees, both from West Germany, to officiate the tie-breaking match due to a perceived bias they held against Canada. While the Soviets insisted on using the two West German referees, Team Canada preferred Dahlberg and Rudolph Batja and threatened to pull out of the series unless Dahlberg and Batja were selected as the officials.[6] Although it was originally agreed upon that both Dahlberg and Batja would officiate,[7][8] the Soviets backed out of the agreement after Dahlberg was diagnosed with the flu.[9] As a compromise, Josef Kompalla and Batja officiated the match, which ended with Canada winning the title.[9]

Later in his career, he judged further contentious matches such as the United States and Soviet Union exhibition games prior to the 1976 Canada Cup which drew 29 penalties.[10] Besides refereeing ice hockey matches, Dahlberg also officiated soccer matches, including the qualifying rounds for the FIFA World Cup.[1][3]

Dahlberg retired as a referee in 1981,[2] and died in his sleep from a heart attack on 9 January 1997.[11]

He was inducted posthumously into the IIHF Hall of Fame in 2004[12] and into the Swedish Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012.[2]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1947–48 Surahammars IF Division 2 4 1 0 1 2 0 0
1948–49 Surahammars IF Division 1 9 2 0 2 2
1949–50 Surahammars IF Division 2 7 10 0 10 0
1950–51 Västerås IK Division 1 10 3 3 0
1951–52 Surahammars IF Division 2 9 3 0 3 0
1952–53 Surahammars IF Division 1 10 3 0 3 2
1953–54 Surahammars IF Division 1 10 0 0 0 2
1954–55 Surahammars IF Division 2 8 8 0 8 0 2 0 0 0 0
1955–56 Surahammars IF Division 1 9 2 0 2 0
1956–57 Surahammars IF Division 2 12 4 0 4 2 6 4 0 4 4
1957–58 Surahammars IF Division 1 14 0 0 0 0
1958–59 Surahammars IF Division 2 7 1 0 1 0
1959–60 Surahammars IF Division 3 8 11 0 11 0 4 2 2 0
1960–61 Surahammars IF Division 2 5 2 0 2 4

Source: [1]

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1962 Sweden WC 1st, gold medalist(s) 2 0 0
Senior totals 2 0 2

Source: [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "News Release" (PDF). IIHF.com. December 2003. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "I lördags valdes 40 personer in i Svensk Hockeys hall of fame". swehockey.se (in Swedish). 6 October 2012. Archived from the original on 27 August 2012. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Stor dag för Surahammar: Ronald "Sura-Pelle" Pettersson och Ove Dahlberg invalda i IIHF:s Hall of Fame". mynewsdesk.com (in Swedish). 4 December 2003. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Ove Dahlberg". eliteprospects.com. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Ove Dahlberg". legendsofhockey.com. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  6. ^ "Questions of Officials Brings Out New Soviet-Canada Ice Dispute". Fort Walton Beach Playground Daily News. 28 September 1972. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  7. ^ Starnes, Richard (22 June 2007). "From the Summit to the soccer pitch". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  8. ^ Blackman, Ted (September 27, 1972). "Soviets agree to new ref if Bergman gagged". Montreal Gazette. p. 17.
  9. ^ a b Mulvoy, Mark (9 October 1972). "Waking up from a nightmare". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  10. ^ "U.S. Six Bows to Soviet". The New York Times. Montreal. September 1, 1976. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  11. ^ "More Hall of Fame inductees". sootoday.com. December 3, 2003. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  12. ^ "IIHF palkitsi ansioituneita kiekkovaikuttajia". mtvuutiset.fi (in Swedish). 6 May 2004. Retrieved 28 February 2019.


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