Ulf Nilsson (ice hockey)

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Ulf Nilsson
Ulf Nilsson (ishockeyspelare).jpg
Nilsson in 2008
Born(1950-05-11) 11 May 1950 (age 63)
Nynäshamn, SWE
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
PositionCentre
ShotRight
Played forAIK IF (SEL)
Winnipeg Jets (WHA)
New York Rangers (NHL)
Springfield Indians (AHL)
Playing career1967–1983
 
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Ulf Nilsson
Ulf Nilsson (ishockeyspelare).jpg
Nilsson in 2008
Born(1950-05-11) 11 May 1950 (age 63)
Nynäshamn, SWE
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
PositionCentre
ShotRight
Played forAIK IF (SEL)
Winnipeg Jets (WHA)
New York Rangers (NHL)
Springfield Indians (AHL)
Playing career1967–1983

Ulf "Lill-Pröjsarn" Gösta Nilsson (born 11 May 1950 in Nynäshamn, Sweden) is a former professional ice hockey player who played for the Winnipeg Jets, the New York Rangers, the Springfield Indians and the Tulsa Oilers. Part of the first major wave of Europeans to star in North American hockey, he was a major star in the WHA from 1974 to 1978. He scored at least 114 points in each of his four seasons in the upstart league, finishing third or fourth among overall scorers every time. He led the WHA with 85 assists in 1976–77, and tied Marc Tardif for the lead the next season with 89. Along with countryman Anders Hedberg and established superstar Bobby Hull, he played a starring role as the Jets won Avco Cup titles in 1976 and 1978. In the 1976 playoffs, he scored 26 points in just 13 games.

In the summer of 1978, Nilsson and Hedberg signed with the NHL's New York Rangers for $2.4 million, further weakening the struggling WHA which would cease operations after just one more season. Nilsson's NHL career was marred by injuries due to a hit by Denis Potvin of the New York Islanders, which is remembered by the "Potvin Sucks" chant that takes place during every Rangers home game at Madison Square Garden.[1] He was limited to 160 games in his three full seasons with the Rangers, though he scored an impressive 163 points in that time. He scored 8 goals and 16 points in the 1980–81 playoffs as the Rangers advanced to the semi-finals before being eliminated by their cross-town rivals, the defending champion New York Islanders. He did not play in the NHL during the 1981–82 season, but returned to the Rangers lineup for the final ten games the following year.

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  Regular season Playoffs
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPtsPIMGPGAPtsPIM
1974–75Winnipeg JetsWHA78269412079
1975–76Winnipeg JetsWHA7838761148413719266
1976–77Winnipeg JetsWHA71398512489206212733
1977–78Winnipeg JetsWHA7337891268991131412
1978–79New York RangersNHL592739662120002
1979–80New York RangersNHL501444582090662
1980–81New York RangersNHL511425394214881623
1981–82Springfield IndiansAHL20000
1982–83New York RangersNHL102462
1982–83Tulsa OilersCHL32134
NHL totals1705711216985258142227
WHA totals3001403444843414214536751

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