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Regional Digest: Samuelsson To Coach Checkers

Samuelsson To Coach Checkers

Ulf Samuelsson, the former Hartford Whalers defenseman and New York Rangers assistant coach for the last three seasons, agreed Tuesday to become coach of the AHL's Charlotte Checkers. Samuelsson's departure could create a spot in the NHL for Hartford Wolf Pack assistant coach Jeff Beukeboom. Beukeboom, a member of the Rangers' 1994 Stanley Cup champion, has been on Ken Gernander's staff for five years and is credited for developing many of the organization's young defensemen, such as Dylan McIlrath and Brady Skjei, 22, who played a prominent role with the NHL club during the end of last season. Samuelsson, 52, retired from playing in the NHL in...