Morgan Samuelsson (6 April 1968 – 3 September 2023) was a prominent Swedish ice hockey player and coach, renowned for his contributions to the sport as a skilled centre. He hailed from Boden, Sweden, and had a remarkable career in both playing and coaching in the world of ice hockey.
Morgan Samuelsson’s journey in ice hockey commenced at a local athletic club in Boden, where he engaged in various sports like football, floorball, and bandy until the age of 15. At that point, he made the decision to focus exclusively on ice hockey, marking the beginning of a promising career. He made his debut in Hockeyettan in 1983 and subsequently advanced to the Swedish Hockey League, notably representing Luleå HF for two seasons before joining AIK IF in the summer of 1992.
As his career progressed, Samuelsson ventured into international leagues, including the Deutsche Eishockey Liga. He had stints with teams like Kassel Huskies, Kölner Haie, and Lausitzer Füchse, leaving a mark in the German ice hockey scene. He also showcased his talent in Swiss hockey, particularly with HC Davos and ZSC Lions, where he contributed significantly to their victories. Unfortunately, an injury during the playoffs of the 2001–02 season with SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers led to his retirement from playing.
Following his illustrious playing career, Samuelsson transitioned into coaching. He took on coaching roles for various teams, including HC Sierre, HC Bozen–Bolzano, and Djurgårdens IF Hockey. His coaching expertise shone as he guided teams to victories and playoffs, leaving a lasting impact on the ice hockey community.
Legacy and Passing
Morgan Samuelsson made notable contributions to Swedish and international ice hockey, leaving a legacy that inspired aspiring players and coaches alike. He passed away on 3 September 2023, at the age of 55, leaving a void in the ice hockey world but a lasting legacy that will continue to resonate.