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Ulf Sterner

Born on February 11, 1941 in Deje, Sweden. Forward. Back in 1956, Ulf Sterner launched his career with Swedish club Forshaga IF and by 1961 moved on to Vastra Frolunda for three solid seasons. The 1964-65 season saw "Uffe" showcase his skills in North America, including a short NHL stint with the New York Rangers, then returned to his native Sweden to play for Rogle BK, back to Vastra Frolunda for a season and also Farjestads BK until 1973. Sterner decided to go abroad again, this time to Great Britain, where he starred for the London Lions for the 1973-74 season. He also suited up an impressive 189 times for the Tre Kronor, highlighted the 1962 IIHF World and European Championship title and a place on the tournament All-Star Team. His other eight World Championship appearances netted him five silver medals, one bronze and further personal recognition as the IIHF Directorate Award as Best Forward, and another All-Star Team selection at the 1969 IIHF World Championship held right in Sweden. "Uffe" is a pioneer to the game of ice hockey, since he was the first European-trained player to suit up in the NHL, paving the trail all future European players.

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