March 26, 1964|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||203 lb (92 kg; 14 st 7 lb)|
New York Rangers
Detroit Red Wings
67th overall, 1982|
Ulf Bo Samuelsson (born March 26, 1964) is a retired Swedish-American professional ice hockey defenceman. 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. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion, as a member of the Penguins in 1991 and 1992.
Samuelsson earned the reputation as being one of the dirtiest and most vicious players in the history of the NHL, a rough-and-ready belligerent who excelled at hurting and antagonizing opponents, with doctoral levels of precision at targeting the most vulnerable body part at the most inopportune time. He was given the nickname "Robocop" for the extra padding he wore on the ice, and Tuffe Uffe ("Tough Ulf" in Swedish) in Sweden.
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. Many Bruins fans still consider this to be a deliberate play. It was partially responsible for shortening Neely's Hall of Fame career.
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. Domi insisted that Samuelsson provoked the punch by repeatedly calling him "dummy". Despite the criticism, Maple Leafs, Red Wings and Bruins fans cheered raucously at the move; Samuelsson having acquired a hated reputation by those teams.
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. In 2003, when Sweden permitted dual citizenships, Samuelsson got his Swedish citizenship back. The entire ordeal was listed as the seventy-second most important international story by the IIHF in their centennial celebrations in 2008.
- March 4, 1991 – traded by the Hartford Whalers, along with Ron Francis and Grant Jennings, to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for John Cullen, Jeff Parker, and Zarley Zalapski
- August 31, 1995 – traded by the Pittsburgh Penguins, along with Luc Robitaille, to the New York Rangers in exchange for Petr Nedvěd and Sergei Zubov.
- March 23, 1999 – traded by the New York Rangers to the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for Detroit's 1999 second round draft choice and the Ranger's 1999 third round draft choice.
- June 25, 1999 – traded by the Detroit Red Wings to the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for future considerations.
- October 19, 1999 – signed as a free agent by the Philadelphia Flyers.
Samuelsson is a resident of Scottsdale, Arizona. Samuelsson's sons, Philip, Henrik and Adam as well as his daughter Victoria are all aspiring hockey prospects. They have come up through the US National Team Development Program, choosing to represent the US internationally as opposed to their father's native Sweden. Philip was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft in the second round, 61st overall. The Phoenix Coyotes drafted Henrik in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft in the first round, 27th overall. Victoria signed to play her NCAA D-1 collegiate career at Penn State University, beginning in the 2015–16 season.
On May 31, 2016, it was announced that Samuelsson accepted a head coach position with the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League. After one season with the Checkers, Samuelsson was hired as an assistant coach with the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League. On November 6, 2018, he was fired along with head coach Joel Quenneville fifteen games into the 2018–19 season.
- 2003–04, head coach, Phantoms Ice Hockey Club squirt minor AAA
- 2004–05, assistant coach, Avon Old Farms School
- 2005–06, assistant coach, Hartford Wolf Pack
- 2006–11, assistant coach, Phoenix Coyotes
- 2011–13, head coach, Modo Hockey
- 2013–16, assistant coach, New York Rangers
- 2016–17, head coach, Charlotte Checkers
- 2017–18, assistant coach, Chicago Blackhawks
Regular season and playoffs
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|1996–97||New York Rangers||NHL||73||6||11||17||136||15||0||2||2||30|
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|1998–99||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||4||0||0||0||6||9||0||3||3||10|
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- "The NHL's cheapest shots - Tie Domi on Ulf Samuelsson". msn.com. Retrieved 2016-10-30.
- Dreger: Sucker-punch considered among most dangerous http://www.tiedomi.com/?p=843
- "Reporter's scoop reveals that Samuelsson is not a Swede in Nagano-98". IIHF. 2008. Retrieved 2009-04-09.
- O'Donell, Chuck. "Ulf Samuelsson: the fearsome defender recalls the night the Penguins' bid for a third straight Stanley Cup title came to an end – The Game I'll Never Forget", Hockey Digest, May 2003. Accessed December 8, 2007. "Samuelsson has dabbled in broadcasting, calling the Salt Lake City Olympics for a television station in Sweden. But mostly, he enjoys hanging out in his home in the Arizona suburb of North Scottsdale, A.Z., with his family."
- Gintonio, Jim. Samuelsson's son makes name for himself, Arizona Republic, April 12, 2009. Accessed April 30, 2009
- Wolfe, Cory. WHL gets defensive[permanent dead link], Saskatoon Star Phoenix, April 29, 2009. Accessed April 30, 2009.
- 1 second ago. "Penn State Welcomes Four for 2015-16 Season :: Official Athletic Site of Penn State :: Official Athletic Site of Penn State :: Women's Ice Hockey". Gopsusports.com. Retrieved 2016-10-30.
- "Ulf Samuelsson Named Charlotte Checkers Head Coach". OurSports Central. May 31, 2016.
- "MODO Hockey". Eliteprospects.com. Retrieved 2016-10-30.
- "MODO Hockey". Eliteprospects.com. Retrieved 2016-10-30.
- "Ulf Samuelsson to coach Charlotte Checkers | News & Observer". Newsobserver.com. 2016-05-31. Retrieved 2016-10-30.
- "SAMUELSSON NAMED ASSISTANT COACH IN CHICAGO". American Hockey League. June 15, 2017.
- "RELEASE: Blackhawks make coaching change". NHL.com. November 6, 2018. Retrieved November 6, 2018.