Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Ulf Isaksson
Ulf Isaksson was a solid left-winger for many years in his native Sweden before playing one season with the NHL's Los Angeles Kings. After sampling the league for a year, he returned to his homeland before retiring in 1985. His chief claim to fame in Kings' history was that he and Peter Helander were the first European-trained players ever signed by the Los Angeles.

Born in Norfunda, Sweden, Isaksson played his first of ten seasons with AIK Solna of the elite league in 1974-75. He was a consistent two-way player who was selected to play for his country at the World Championships in 1981 and 1982. He also led Solna to the Swedish league championships in 1981-82 and 1983-84.

Following the 1982 World Championships, he was placed on the World All-Star team. That summer the Los Angeles Kings chose him 95th overall in the NHL Entry Draft with the hope of bringing him to North America as soon as possible.

Isaksson played fifty games with the Kings in 1982-83. He recorded 22 points but experienced difficulty adjusting to the smaller ice surface and more physical approach to the game in North America. His curiosity satisfied, Isaksson returned to Sweden for two more seasons with Solna before hanging up his skates for good.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1971-72 Rosersberg IK Sweden 18 23 23
1972-73
1973-74 AIK Solna Sweden 4 0 0 0 0 18 5 3 8 6
1974-75 AIK Solna Sweden 30 15 10 25 12
1975-76 AIK Solna Sweden 36 11 7 18 6
1976-77 AIK Solna Sweden 36 14 5 19 8
1977-78 AIK Solna Sweden 34 11 10 21 16 6 3 2 5 2
1978-79 AIK Solna Sweden 34 15 14 29 14
1979-80 AIK Solna Sweden 36 9 11 20 12
1980-81 AIK Solna DN-Cup 3 1 0 1 2
1980-81 AIK Solna Sweden 35 13 8 21 26 6 3 0 3 2
1980-81 Sweden WEC-A 5 0 1 1 4
1981-82 AIK Solna Sweden 24 9 8 17 16 7 5 2 7 4
1981-82 Sweden Nat-Tm 32 16 14 30 26
1981-82 Sweden WEC-A 10 1 2 3 4
1982-83 Los Angeles Kings NHL 50 7 15 22 10 +1
1982-83 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 14 1 3 4 2 2 0 0 0 0
1983-84 AIK Solna Sweden 36 11 11 22 12 6 3 2 5 6
1984-85 AIK Solna Sweden 33 7 8 15 20
1985-86 Rosersberg/Arlanda 73 Marsta Sweden-3 28 25 22 47
1986-87 Rosersberg/Arlanda 73 Marsta Sweden-2 30 20 14 34 10
1987-88 Rosersberg/Arlanda 73 HC Marsta Sweden-2 12 4 8 12 8
NHL Totals 50 7 15 22 10


Swedish World All-Star Team (1982) Only goals and games played totals available for 1971-72 season.
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