Swedish defender Gert Blomé, who backstopped Tre Kronor to a surprising World Championship in 1962 and served throughout the 1960s, yesterday passed away in Gothenburg at the age of 86.
Spending his entire pro career in his native Sweden, Blomé first played on a senior squad with Brynäs in 1955, moving up to Division 1 with Gävle the following year. Blomé would spend five seasons with Gävle, winning the Division 1 league title in 1957. Blomé would move to Frölunda in 1961, spending eleven seasons with the Indians, and capturing another league championship in 1965. Blomé would retire in 1979, after spending his final three seasons in Division 2, retiring with 113 points in 271 Division 1 games, being a four-time All-Star, and winning the Guldpucken as Swedish League MVP in 1965.
A native of Gävle, Blomé first joined Tre Kronor in 1956, debuting at his first World Championship in 1958. Blomé would suit up for six World Championships (1958, 1961-63, 1965, 1967) and two Olympics (1960, 1964), which served as stand-ins for the Worlds up until the 1980’s. Blomé captured World Championship Gold in 1962, as well as a pair of Silver (1963, 1967) and Bronze (1958, 1965) each, in addition to Silver from the 1964 Innsbruck Olympics, completing his international career in 1967 with 20 points in 67 games.
Our condolences go out to the Blomé family, as well as the extended hockey communities across cities played for in Sweden, on the death of this legendary national star.