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Canadian Press
Dec 28, 2006, 12:07 PM EST

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) - Tommy Sandlin, who coached Sweden to gold at the 1987 world hockey championship, died early Thursday, his daughter said. He was 62.

Nicknamed the "Hockey Professor" due to his tactical skills, Sandlin died at his home in Gavle in central Sweden, said Lena Hedman Sandlin.

The cause of death was not immediately clear, but Sandlin had recently been released from a hospital after receiving treatment for his heart.

Sweden's win at the 1987 worlds was the country's first victory in the tournament in 25 years. Sandlin also won seven Swedish championships with five different teams in the national league.

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