Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Ulf Samuelsson
Regarded by many in the NHL as one of the hardest hitters the league has seen and a defenceman who gets the job done, Ulf Samuelsson was drafted out of Sweden as the Hartford Whalers 4th choice, 67th overall, in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft.

Samuelsson started his NHL career with the Whalers in the 1984-85 season and stayed with Hartford until being traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins along with Ron Francis during the Pens' 1990-91 drive for the Cup. He would hoist the Stanley Cup this season and the next as the Penguins celebrated their first two championships.

The 1992-93 season was Samuelsson's most productive one in the penalty box as he racked up a career high 249 penalty minutes. He was traded once again in 1995, this time to the New York Rangers, where he played until being traded to the Detroit Red Wings in 1999.

On the international stage Samuelsson represented his homeland on numerous occasions, including three times at the World Junior Championships in 1982, 1983 and 1984, twice at the World European Championships in 1985 and 1990 and the 1991 Canada Cup. In 1998, Samuelsson was chosen to reprsent Sweden at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano Japan.

After 17 seasons in the NHL, Samuelsson retired at the end of the 1999-2000 season. Throughout his playing career, Samuelsson played in over 1,000 games and finished with 332 points and 2,453 penalty minutes, reflecting his style of play as both a fierce competitor and a fearsome defenceman.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1980-81 Fagersta HK Sweden-3 22 11 5 16
1981-82 Leksands IF Sweden 31 3 1 4 40
1981-82 Sweden WJC-A 7 1 2 3 18
1981-82 Sweden EJC-A 5 2 1 3 10
1982-83 Leksands IF Sweden 33 9 6 15 72
1982-83 Sweden WJC-A 1 0 1 1
1983-84 Leksands IF Sweden 36 5 11 16 53
1983-84 Sweden WJC-A 7 1 4 5 18
1984-85 Hartford Whalers NHL 41 2 6 8 83 -6
1984-85 Binghamton Whalers AHL 36 5 11 16 92
1984-85 Sweden WEC-A 9 1 2 3 22
1985-86 Hartford Whalers NHL 80 5 19 24 174 +7 10 1 2 3 38
1986-87 Hartford Whalers NHL 78 2 31 33 162 +28 5 0 1 1 41
1986-87 NHL All-Stars RV-87 2 0 0 0 0
1987-88 Hartford Whalers NHL 76 8 33 41 159 -10 5 0 0 0 8
1988-89 Hartford Whalers NHL 71 9 26 35 181 +23 4 0 2 2 4
1989-90 Hartford Whalers NHL 55 2 11 13 177 +15 7 1 0 1 2
1989-90 Sweden WEC-A 7 2 0 2 18
1990-91 Hartford Whalers NHL 62 3 18 21 174 +13
1990-91 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 14 1 4 5 37 +4 20 3 2 5 34
1991-92 Sweden Can-Cup 3 0 0 0 4
1991-92 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 62 1 14 15 206 +2 21 0 2 2 39
1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 77 3 26 29 249 +36 12 1 5 6 24
1993-94 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 80 5 24 29 199 +23 6 0 1 1 18
1994-95 Leksands IF Sweden 2 0 0 0 8
1994-95 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 44 1 15 16 113 +11 7 0 2 2 8
1995-96 New York Rangers NHL 74 1 18 19 122 +9 11 1 5 6 16
1996-97 New York Rangers NHL 73 6 11 17 138 +3 15 0 2 2 30
1997-98 New York Rangers NHL 73 3 9 12 122 +1
1997-98 Sweden Olympics 3 0 1 1 4
1998-99 New York Rangers NHL 67 4 8 12 93 +6
1998-99 Detroit Red Wings NHL 4 0 0 0 6 -1 9 0 3 3 10
1999-00 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 49 1 2 3 58 +8
NHL Totals 1080 57 275 332 2453 132 7 27 34 272


EJC-A All-Star Team (1982) Traded to Pittsburgh by Hartford with Ron Francis and Grant Jennings for John Cullen, Jeff Parker and Zarley Zalapski, March 4, 1991. Traded to NY Rangers by Pittsburgh with Luc Robitaille for Petr Nedved and Sergei Zubov, August 31, 1995. Traded to Detroit by NY Rangers for Detroit's 2nd round pick (David Inman) in 1999 NHL Draft and NY Rangers' 3rd round pick (previously acquired, NY Rangers' selected Johan Asplund) in 1999 NHL Draft, March 23, 1999. Traded to Atlanta by Detroit for future considerations, June 25, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, October 19, 1999.
Officially announced his retirement, February 12, 2001.
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