Samuelsson hired by Panthers as assistant

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Ulf Samuelsson was hired as an assistant coach by the Florida Panthers on Monday.

The 56-year-old played 16 seasons in the NHL as a defenseman for the Hartford Whalers, Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers, Detroit Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers before retiring in 2000. He was a professional scout for the Seattle Kraken, who will. join the NHL as the 32nd team next season, and as an assistant with the Chicago Blackhawks, Rangers and Phoenix Coyotes. He also coached Modo in the Swedish Hockey League and Charlotte in the American Hockey League.Since February, Samuelsson had coached Leksands in the SHL, where he played before joining the Whalers for the 1984-85 season.

“Ulf is a knowledgeable and experienced coach who will be a great addition to the Panthers,” said general manager Bill Zito. “We are delighted that he is joining the coaching staff (from Coach Joel Quenneville) and we look forward to his competitive mentality and the impact he can have on our team.

Samuelsson was an assistant under Quenneville with the Blackhawks from June 15, 2017, until each of them was fired on November 6, 2018.

The native of Fagersta, Sweden, has won the Stanley Cup twice with the Penguins (1991, 1992). He scored 332 points (57 goals, 275 assists) in 1,080 regular season games and 34 points (seven goals, 27 assists) in 132 Stanley Cup playoff games. His 2,453 regular-season penalty minutes are the largest among Swedish-born NHL players.



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