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Hurricanes AHL affiliate hires Samuelsson as coach

Retired NHL defenseman spent past three seasons as Rangers assistant @NHL

Ulf Samuelsson was hired as coach of the Carolina Hurricanes' American Hockey League affiliate in Charlotte, Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis announced Monday.

Samuelsson, 52, spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach with the New York Rangers, helping them reach the Stanley Cup Final in 2014 and the Eastern Conference Final in 2015. Before joining the Rangers, he was 38-15-16-41 in two seasons as coach of Modo of the Swedish Hockey League. Samuelsson also was an associate coach for the Phoenix Coyotes from 2006-11 and an assistant with Hartford of the AHL in 2005-06.

"Ulf has built a very strong coaching resume during a decade behind the bench in the AHL, NHL and Swedish league," Francis said in a statement. "He has a proven history of helping to develop young players and understands the organizational culture that we are building here."

A fourth-round pick (No. 67) of the Hartford Whalers in the 1982 NHL Draft, Samuelsson was a defenseman for 16 seasons with the Whalers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Rangers, Detroit Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers. Samuelsson and Francis were teammates with the Whalers and won the Stanley Cup as teammates with the Penguins in 1991 and 1992.

Samuelsson had 57 goals, 332 points and a plus-172 rating in 1,080 NHL games.

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