Former Blackhawks assistant Ulf Samuelsson says he can see himself coaching in Europe again
The 54-year-old spent two seasons as a head coach for Modo in Sweden.
Ulf Samuelsson wants to stay in coaching. The 51-year-old who was fired as a Blackhawks assistant coach Tuesday, told Swedish media outlet Expressen that he wants to coach in Sweden or Switzerland.
Samuelsson did not say a specific team he’s eyeing, but did mention his former team Modo in Sweden’s second tier, HockeyAllsvenskan.
The Blackhawks hired Samuelsson in 2017 after he spent one season with the Charlotte Checkers in the AHL. After a 6-6-3 start, Chicago fired Samuelsson, assistant Kevin Dineen and head coach Joel Quenneville. All three coaches played together in the 1980s for the Hartford Whalers in the NHL.
Samuelsson started his professional coaching career with AHL Hartford (2005-06). He then moved up to the NHL with the then-Phoenix Coyotes (2006-11) before accepting the head coaching position in May 2011. Modo went 38-41 during his two-year stint in the SHL then returned to the NHL as an assistant coach for the New York Rangers (2013-16).
Samuelsson said he’ll begin his job search Wednesday.