There’s a new sheriff on the ice for the Rockford IceHogs….Henrik Samuelson. He’s provided instant offense.
Hockey is a game team chemistry. Samuelsson has fit right in since the first time he put on an IceHogs uniform last week. He has scored goals in each of his first three games.
“The first game for sure I was nervous and definitely as the games went along I felt more and more comfortable holding onto the puck and making plays when I can,” says Samuelsson.
“I think he’s a player that we needed,” says IceHogs’ forward Andreas Martinsen. “He’s a goal-scorer. He’s shown that now.”
“I think he’s a smart player. He’s confident in himself and his skills,” says IceHogs’ forward Tyler Sikura. “All he needs is a little bit of room to be able to make that nice shot.”
Samuelsson has picked up where he left off earlier this season with the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL. In 49 games there he tallied 43 points.
“This year has been great going into Boise. Obviously it’s not the league that I wanted to play in, but I got to go in there and play a lot of minutes and produce a lot of points, so hopefully I can come in here and do the same thing,” says Samuelsson.
“He has finished his chances which we’ve needed a little bit,” says IceHogs’ coach Jeremy Colliton. “I think we’ve had a lot of games where we’ve controlled the play, but we just can’t quite finish.”
The talent has always been there for Samuelsson. He was a first round draft pick by the Coyotes in 2012. He appeared in three games with the Coyotes, but they gave up on him a year ago and traded him to Edmonton. He eventually became a free agent. That’s when he signed with Idaho.
The Samuelsson name is well known in hockey. Henrick’s father Ulf was a two-time Stanley Cup Champion with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He is currently an assistant coach with the Blackhawks. Being the son of a hockey great can be challenging sometimes, but Samuelsson says that’s not the case with him.
“It’s awesome! Growing up I got to see a world that not many people get to live in. I learned a whole lot from him and now he’s just the most important dad you could ask for.”
Samuelsson also has an older brother Philip who plays in the Carolina Hurricanes organization.