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Ulf Samuelsson

Born:March 26, 1964Draft:1982 Whalers #67 Overall
Hometown:Fagersta, SwedenPosition:D
Known For:2 Stanley CupsShoots:Left
National Team:Sweden

Ulf Bo Samuelsson (born March 26, 1964) is a Swedish-American former professional ice hockey defenceman who currently serves as assistant coach of the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League. He played several seasons in the NHL with the Hartford Whalers, Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers, Detroit Red Wings, and Philadelphia Flyers. He was a two-time Stanley Cup champion as a member of the Penguins in 1991 and 1992.

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”. He is also infamous for his knee-to-knee hit on Boston Bruins Cam Neely during the 1991 playoffs that completely ended Neely’s career five years later.

Years as an NHL player: 1984-2000

Years as an NHL coach: 2006-2011, 2013-2016, 2017-present

Ulf Samuelsson Hartford Whalers
Ulf Samuelson, Hartford Whalers (Photo by Graig Abel/Getty Images)

Ulf Samuelsson Statistics

Trade Tracker

DateTraded FromTraded WithTraded ToTraded For
Mar. 4, 1991Hartford Whalers Logo Ron Francis
Grant Jennings
Pittsburgh PenguinsJohn Cullen
Jeff Parker
Zarley Zalapski
Aug. 31, 1995Pittsburgh PenguinsLuc RobitailleNew York RangersPetr Nedved
Sergei Zubov
Mar. 23, 1999New York RangersDetroit Red WingsSecond-Round Pick 1999
(David Inman)
Third-Round Pick 1999
(Johan Asplund)
June 25, 1999Detroit Red WingsAtlanta ThrashersFuture Considerations

Deeper Dive

Coaching History

  • AHL Hartford Wolf Pack (Assistant Coach) 2005-2006
  • NHL Phoenix Coyotes (Associate Coach) 2006-2011
  • Elitserien MODO Hockey (Head Coach) 2011-2013
  • NHL New York Rangers (Assistant Coach) 2013-2016
  • AHL Charlotte Checkers (Head Coach) 2016-2017
  • NHL Chicago Blackhawks (Assistant Coach) 2017-2019
  • SHL Leksands IF (Head Coach) 2019-2020
  • NHL Florida Panthers (Assistant Coach) 2020-present


  • Two-time Stanley Cup Champion with the Penguins (1991, 1992)
  • Scored the Stanley Cup-clinching goal in 1991
  • World Championship Silver Medal (1990)