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Svensk Ishockey: Swedish players abroad except North America by Birger Nordmark, 2003.


CAREER SUMMARY

Birth
December 12th 1947
Stockholm Sweden

Clubs
Djurgardens IF Stockholm, NSWIHA Prague Bombers, VIHA Hakoah, NSWIHA Glebe Lions, VIHA Pirates, Melbourne Nite Owls

Goodall Cups
1972, '73, '74, 76

World Championships
1974 Ice Hockey

Other
Played NIHL

BORN ON DECEMBER 12TH 1947 AT STOCKHOLM in Sweden, he was an acrobatic netminder who played Division I junior hockey for Djurgardens IF Stockholm for four seasons from 1963-4. He was development goalie in 1963 and 1964 then goalie with the firsts, playing most games sporadically in 1964-65 in reserve behind Tommy Bjorkman, the Swedish champion netminder from 1957-8 to 1962-3. In a qualification match in January 1965, the 16 year-old was criticised for an 8-3 loss to Grums IK. He soldiered on for several more seasons, played 2nd Division with Nacka SK in the 1968-9 season then, weary of Stockholm and Sweden, moved to Australia.

Arriving in Sydney in 1970, he came in contact with the local game more by chance and good fortune, because he was initially unaware Australians played ice hockey. His first stop "Down Under" was Dick and Ron Mann's Prague Bombers in the New South Wales A-grade league. The club had a good keeper in Czech Vincent Eliasek and so he played reserve goalie that first season. Although it went well, he moved to Melbourne in Victoria the following year, the arch rivals of Sydney and New South Wales. There he joined Hakoah IHC where he remained from 1971 until 1976, winning the Club's fourth state premiership and their second national in 1974 (Australian Club Championship). Now with dual citizenship, he also pulled on the green and gold to represent Australia in the C-Pool World Championships at Grenoble in France that year.

Grenoble was to be Australia's "comeback" after an absence of more than a decade following their winless debut on the world stage at the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, and two failed attempts to qualify again at the World's in 1962 and 1964. Australia lost 6 of 7 games and he and ex-Canadian defenseman, Charles Grandy, were credited with the squad's only win over North Korea, 4-1. It has been said the squad was over-reliant on the pair. That may be true, but it should also be remembered this 1974 squad had at least 8 players who were born and developed in North America or Europe, and a former Canadian in coach, Elgin Luke. Among them were 25 year-old Czech-born Michal Kriz and his 23 year-old countryman, Peter Vlacicky. Nonetheless, as Birger Nordmark, the Swedish hockey historian, has remarked — the second game against the Swiss was surely an experience he preferred to forget. They lost, 0-20.

Australia finished 7th of 8 teams with only 13 goals, but 74 against. In the worst result of all competing countries, an average of over 10 goals were scored against them per game. But the scoring differential of 61 was equally damning of a barely effective offense, producing well under half the tournament average. He had posted similar results to Barry Harkin for the same number of games. Although he was only 27 years-old, he did not return to the Worlds when Australia tried again in Barcelona 5 years later. Quite a few others did, including Grandy as captain, managing at best a scoreless draw with South Korea, and relegation to Group D.

A season with Sydney's Glebe Lions followed the Hakoah years in 1977-8, when he briefly returned there with work. Then back to Melbourne and the Pirates IHC in 1978 where he remained until he retired from A-grade competition in 1983. He had represented Victoria in the Goodall Cup for most of the 1970s, winning the coveted trophy four times, between 1972 and 1976. This was equal to the achievement of Rob Reid for Victoria in the 1950s and 1960s and not quite as good as Noel McLoughlin on 6 Cups for Victoria over the same period. Both were keepers for Australia at the 1960 Olympics.

In the early 1980s, he played in the newly formed National Ice Hockey League (NIHL), a forerunner to the AIHL. Many other Swedish imports arrived in 1981 including high-scoring forward, Hakan Apell, who played a few months for Dandenong Blackhawks. He later joined the Melbourne Nite Owls and was playing veteran hockey in the national old timers league well into his sixties. He worked in information systems with Telstra Australia and briefly returned to Sweden in December 2003 to celebrate his fiftieth birthday. In 2011, he played the Brown Trophy a second time in Adelaide representing Victoria, 41 years after his first appearance in the 1970 Brown Trophy representing New South Wales.

Wiking is remembered as solid, not showy at all, a good goalie under pressure, very level headed with a good reputation as a team man.

01. Historical Notes

02. Citation Details

Ross Carpenter, 'Wiking, Anders (1947 - )', Legends of Australian Ice, Melbourne, Australia, http://icelegendsaustralia.com/legends-2/bio_wiking.html, accessed online .

03. Select Bibliography

Svensk Ishockey: Swedish players abroad except North America, Birger Nordmark, 2003.

04. Citations
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Brown Trophy Champions

Sydney, 1970

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Goodall Cup Champions

Melbourne, 1972

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With Australian National Team

Grenoble, France, 1974

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Goodall Cup Champions

Melbourne, 1974

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Goodall Cup Champions

Melbourne, 1974

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With VIHA Hakoah

Melbourne, 1975