Ulf Samuelsson

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Ulf Samuelsson
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Born (1964-03-26) March 26, 1964 (age 55)
Fagersta, Sweden
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 203 lb (92 kg; 14 st 7 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Hartford Whalers
Pittsburgh Penguins
New York Rangers
Detroit Red Wings
Philadelphia Flyers
National teamFlag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
NHL Draft 67th overall, 1982
Hartford Whalers
Playing career 19812000

Ulf Bo Samuelsson (born March 26, 1964) is a retired Swedish-American professional ice hockey defenceman who currently serves as head coach of Leksands IF of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL). He played several seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Hartford Whalers, Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers, Detroit Red Wings, and Philadelphia Flyers. During his playing career Samuelsson was viewed by NHL stars as "the most hated man in hockey"; he was described to the New York Times as "the lowest form of human being" and someone whose play is all about "trying to hurt you and knock you out of the game". [1] He was a two-time Stanley Cup champion as a member of the Penguins in 1991 and 1992.


Playing career

Samuelsson was selected 67th overall by the Hartford Whalers in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft. In February, 1987, Samuelsson played in the "Rendez-vous '87" series as a member of the NHL All-Stars. The two game series between the NHL All-Stars and the Soviet national team took place in Quebec City and replaced the NHL's mid-season all-star game for the 1986-87 season.

He was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins along with Ron Francis in 1991 and was a member of Pittsburgh's Stanley Cup winning team in 1991 and 1992. He scored the 1991 Stanley Cup-winning goal in game six of the finals against the Minnesota North Stars, at 2:00 of the first period in what became an 8–0 blowout victory for Pittsburgh.

In a game versus the Boston Bruins during the 1991 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Samuelsson hit Bruins' star forward Cam Neely with a body check that injured Neely and caused him to develop a condition called myositis ossificans, which ultimately ended his career. [2]

As a member of the New York Rangers in 1995, Samuelsson was famously knocked unconscious by a sucker punch to the face from Tie Domi of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Domi received an eight-game suspension and a fine for the incident, described by some as one of the cheapest shots in NHL history. [3] Domi insisted that Samuelsson provoked the punch by repeatedly calling him "dummy". [4]

Samuelsson played 1,080 career NHL games, scoring 57 goals and 275 assists for 332 points. He accumulated 2,453 penalty minutes over the course of his career.

During the Nagano Olympics, he was ejected from the Swedish team when it was discovered that he had requested and received US citizenship. His Swedish citizenship was revoked and he was not allowed to play. The entire ordeal was listed as the seventy-second most important international story by the IIHF in their centennial celebrations in 2008. [5]


Personal life

Samuelsson is a resident of Scottsdale, Arizona. [6] Samuelsson's sons, Philip [7] and Henrik are professional hockey players. His daughter, Victoria, played hockey at Penn State University. [8]

Coaching career

On May 2, 2011, Samuelsson accepted the head coaching position of Modo Hockey, [9] a position he held for two seasons. [10] [11]

On May 31, 2016, it was announced that Samuelsson accepted a head coach position with the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League. [9] [12] In 2017 Samuelsson was hired as an assistant coach with the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League. [13] On November 6, 2018 he was fired along with head coach Joel Quenneville. [14]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
1980–81Fagersta AIK SWE III 2211516
1981–82 Leksands IF SEL 3131440
1982–83 Leksands IFSEL33961572
1983–84 Leksands IFSEL365111653
1984–85 Hartford Whalers NHL4126883
1984–85 Binghamton Whalers AHL 365111692
1985–86 Hartford WhalersNHL80519241741012338
1986–87 Hartford WhalersNHL7823133162501141
1987–88 Hartford WhalersNHL768334115950008
1988–89 Hartford WhalersNHL719263518140224
1989–90 Hartford WhalersNHL552111317771012
1990–91 Hartford WhalersNHL6231821174
1990–91 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL14145372032534
1991–92 Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL62114152062102239
1992–93 Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL77326292491215624
1993–94 Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL8052429199601118
1994–95 Leksands IFSEL20008
1994–95 Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL441151611370228
1995–96 New York Rangers NHL74118191221115616
1996–97 New York RangersNHL73611171361502230
1997–98 New York RangersNHL733912122
1998–99 New York RangersNHL67391293
1998–99 Detroit Red Wings NHL40006903310
1999–2000 Philadelphia Flyers NHL4912358
SEL totals102171835173
NHL totals108057275332245313272734272


YearTeamEvent GPGAPtsPIM
1982 Sweden EJC 521310
1982 Sweden WJC 712318
1983 SwedenWJC10112
1984 SwedenWJC714510
1985 Sweden WC 912322
1990 SwedenWC720218
1991 Sweden CC 30004
1998 Sweden OG 30114
Junior totals20481240
Senior totals2233648

Career achievements

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