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Ulf Sterner

Born:February 11, 1941Draft:Undrafted Rangers 1964
Hometown:Deje, SwedenPosition:C
Known For:NHL’s first EuropeanShoots:Left
National Team:Sweden

Ulf Ivar Erik “Uffe” Sterner (born 11 February 1941) is a Swedish former professional ice hockey forward. He played in nine IIHF World Championships for Sweden, where the team won seven medals: one gold, five silver, and one bronze. He was also a member of the silver medal team at the 1964 Winter Olympics. Sterner played for Forshaga IF from 1956–61, Västra Frölunda IF from 1961–64, and for the New York Rangers in 1964–65, before returning to Sweden to play for Rögle BK and Färjestads BK. He finished his career in England with the London Lions in 1973–74. On 27 January 1965, he became the first European-trained player to play in the National Hockey League (NHL).

Ulf Sterner, New York Rangers (THW Library Archives)

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  • Inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame in 2001
  • 5x World Championship Silver Medal (1963, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1973)
  • World Championship Bronze Medal (1971)
  • World Championship Best Forward (1969)
  • 2x World Championship All-Star Team (1962, 1969)
  • Olympic Silver Medal (1964)
  • SHL Best Player (Guldpucken) (1963)
  • World Championship Gold Medal (1962)
  • Gothenburg Sports Hall of Fame
  • First European-trained player to play in the NHL