The native of Fagersta, Sweden, also served as head coach of Modo of the Swedish Hockey League for two seasons from 2011-13, guiding the team to consecutive playoff appearances and a record of 38-15-16-41. As an associate coach with the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes for five seasons from 2006-11, the former defenseman aided in the development of current NHL players Keith Yandle, Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Zbynek Michalek and helped guide the team to a franchise-record 50 wins in 2009-10. Samuelsson began his professional coaching career as an assistant with the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack in 2005-06.
In 16 NHL seasons as a player, Samuelsson, who Hartford drafted in the fourth round (67th overall) in 1982, accumulated 332 points (57g, 275a) and ranks 26th on the league’s all-time list with 2,453 penalty minutes. He captured consecutive Stanley Cup championships with the Penguins in 1991 and 1992 alongside current Carolina Hurricanes Executive Vice President and General Manager Ron Francis, represented Sweden in several international competitions and appeared as an NHL All-Star during the Rendez-vous ’87 series against the Soviet National Team.
Samuelsson is the father of Henrik and Philip Samuelsson, NHL draft picks who together spent the majority of the 2015-16 season playing for the AHL’s Springfield Falcons within the Coyotes organization, Victoria Samuelsson, who has represented Sweden internationally at the junior level and currently plays at Penn State University, and Adam Samuelsson, who recently committed to play at Boston College.