September 20, 2010
Tower of Power: Kjell Samuelsson
Today's Greatest Hockey Legend of the Day is . . . Kjell Samuelsson:
Kjell Samuelsson announced that he would retire the same day that Wayne Gretzky made his retirement a 99% certainty. Needless to say, not many noticed that Sameulsson had called it quits. Kjell played in more than 800 games with 4 different NHL teams. He scored a career total of 48 goals, 138 assists and 186 points. Now Gretzky may have scored more points in 5 different seasons than Samuelsson did in his entire career, but Kjell Samuelsson deserves to be remembered too.
Kjell was a steady, dependable defenseman. He was a gigantic player, towering above his opponents with a once- unfathomable size of 6'6" and 235lbs. For much of his career he was the biggest player in the National Hockey League. Though not a graceful skater, Kjell made up for his lack of foot speed with his long stride, but lacked agility. He also had very limited puck skills. He wasn't overly physical but he didn't need to be either. His natural strength and reach enabled him to excel as a defensive stalwart.
Read the full Kjell Samuelsson biography.