Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Ulf Dahlen
Ulf Dahlen was selected seventh overall in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers. At the time, Dahlen was the second-highest drafted Swedish player ever taken in the history of the draft. NHL scouts noticed Dahlen after he captained Sweden's under-18 junior team at the 1985 European Junior Championships and was named the tournament's Best Forward after scoring eleven points in five games.

Dahlen made his NHL debut in 1987 and had a solid rookie year, collecting 29 goals and 23 assists for 52 points. The following year Dahlen was mildly hit by the sophomore jinx, being limited to only 56 games due to a shoulder injury.

In 1989-90, Dahlen was traded to the Minnesota North Stars and in just over three years with the North Stars, Dahlen scored 94 goals and was a driving force in helping the club advance to the Stanley Cup finals in 1991, where the Stars eventually lost to the high-powered Pittsburgh Penguins.

Dahlen's most productive season came in 1992-93 when he had 35 goals and 39 assists for 74 points. Voted co-most popular player with Mike Modano amongst his Minnesota teammates Dahlen and the North Stars moved to Dallas in 1993-94.

On March 19, 1994, Dahlen was traded to the San Jose Sharkds and in 78 games between the two teams, registered 25 goals and 69 points. During the 1996-97 season, Dahlen was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks and in 1998, represented his homeland at both the Winter Olympics and the World Championships, where he helped Sweden capture the gold medal.

Dahlen signed as a free agent with the Washington Capitals in 1999 after spending the previous two years in his homeland and went on to play two more seasons with the club before re-joining the Dallas Stars in 2002-03. After only one season in Dallas, Dahlen decided on calling it a career.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1983-84 Ostersunds IK Sweden-2 36 15 11 26 10
1984-85 Ostersunds IK Sweden-2 31 27 26 53 20 5 6 0 6 4
1984-85 Sweden EJC-A 5 7 4 11 0
1985-86 IF Bjorkloven Umea Sweden 22 4 3 7 8
1985-86 Sweden WJC-A 7 3 4 7 4
1986-87 IF Bjorkloven Umea Sweden 31 9 12 21 20 6 6 2 8 4
1986-87 Sweden WJC-A 7 7 8 15 2
1987-88 New York Rangers NHL 70 29 23 52 26 +5
1987-88 Colorado Rangers IHL 2 2 2 4 0
1988-89 New York Rangers NHL 56 24 19 43 50 -6 4 0 0 0 0
1988-89 Sweden WEC-A 10 2 2 4 4
1989-90 New York Rangers NHL 63 18 18 36 30 -4
1989-90 Minnesota North Stars NHL 13 2 4 6 0 +1 7 1 4 5 2
1990-91 Minnesota North Stars Fr-Tour 4 0 0 0 0
1990-91 Minnesota North Stars NHL 66 21 18 39 6 +7 15 2 6 8 4
1991-92 Sweden Can-Cup 6 2 1 3 5
1991-92 Minnesota North Stars NHL 79 36 30 66 10 -5 7 0 3 3 2
1992-93 Sweden WC-A 6 5 2 7 0
1992-93 Minnesota North Stars NHL 83 35 39 74 6 -20
1993-94 Dallas Stars NHL 65 19 38 57 10 -1
1993-94 San Jose Sharks NHL 13 6 6 12 0 0 14 6 2 8 0
1994-95 San Jose Sharks NHL 46 11 23 34 11 -2 11 5 4 9 0
1995-96 San Jose Sharks NHL 59 16 12 28 27 -21
1996-97 Sweden W-Cup 4 1 1 2 0
1996-97 San Jose Sharks NHL 43 8 11 19 8 -11
1996-97 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 30 6 8 14 10 +9 5 0 1 1 0
1997-98 HV 71 Jonkoping Sweden 29 9 22 31 16 5 1 3 4 12
1997-98 Sweden Olympics 4 1 0 1 2
1997-98 Sweden WC-A 10 3 3 6 0
1998-99 HV 71 Jonkoping Sweden 25 14 15 29 4
1999-00 Washington Capitals NHL 75 15 23 38 8 +11 5 0 1 1 2
2000-01 Washington Capitals NHL 73 15 33 48 6 +11 6 0 1 1 2
2001-02 Washington Capitals NHL 69 23 29 52 8 -5
2001-02 Sweden Olympics 4 1 2 3 0 +2
2001-02 Sweden WC-A 9 5 2 7 0 +5
2002-03 Dallas Stars NHL 63 17 20 37 14 +11 11 1 3 4 0
NHL Totals 966 301 354 655 230 85 15 25 40 12


Swedish Junior Player of the Year Award (1985)
EJC-A All-Star Team (1985)
Named Best Forward at EJC-A (1985)
WJC-A All-Star Team (1987)
Swedish World All-Star Team (1993)
WC-A All-Star Team (1993)
Traded to Minnesota by NY Rangers with Los Angeles' 4th round choice (previously acquired, Minnesota selected Cal McGowan) in 1990 Entry Draft for Mike Gartner, March 6, 1990. Transferred to Dallas after Minnesota franchise relocated, June 9, 1993. Traded to San Jose by Dallas with Dallas' 7th round choice (Brad Mehalko) in 1995 Entry Draft for Doug Zmolek and Mike Lalor, March 19, 1994. Traded to Chicago by San Jose with Chris Terreri and Michal Sykora for Ed Belfour, January 25, 1997. Signed as a free agent by Washington, August 16, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Dallas, August 13, 2002.
Officially announced retirement, September 21, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Timra IK (Sweden), January 31, 2005.