Peter Karlsson (ice hockey)

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Peter Karlsson
Born (1966-02-17)February 17, 1966
Lundby[disambiguation needed], SWE
Died March 11, 1995(1995-03-11) (aged 29)
Västerås, SWE
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 194 lb (88 kg; 13 st 12 lb)
Position Defence
Played for VIK Västerås HK
Playing career 1984–1995

Lars Peter Karlsson (February 17, 1966 – March 11, 1995) was a Swedish professional ice hockey player.

Playing career[edit]

Karlsson was born in Lundby[disambiguation needed], Västmanland. He began his hockey career with VIK Västerås HK in the First Division. After five seasons, he then had spells with Surahammars IF and IK Westmannia-Köping before returning to Västerås for his one and only Elitserien season. He returned to Division one for Avesta BK and Örebro IK.


Karlsson was murdered by a 29-year-old skinhead who used a knife to stab him. The murder is believed to have happened because Karlsson was gay[1] and the killer subsequently claimed that Karlsson tried to initiate a relationship. After the murder, Karlsson's team played a protest match in support of him. The killer's sentence, which was eight years, outraged some in the Swedish gay community.[1]

Career stats[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1992-93 VIK Västerås HK SEL 15 0 1 1 8 -- -- -- -- --

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Britton, Bruce, "Our Gay and Lesbian Heritage, Part 8", League @ NCR, archived from the original (– SCHOLAR SEARCH) on August 25, 2007, retrieved September 5, 2013 

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