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Shocking announcement: Hockey legend Morgan Samuelson dies of a heart attack at the age of only 55

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Morgan Samuelson has worked as an expert for Blue Sport for many years.

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Morgan Samuelson’s big heart was no longer beating. The ZSC Lions legend and longtime Teleclub and blue Sport ice hockey expert passed away on Sunday evening.

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  • Morgan Samuelson, the league’s leading scorer with the ZSC Lions and longtime ice hockey expert, has died at the age of 55.
  • He had a brilliant career that started in Sweden and took him to Switzerland via Germany.
  • Samuelsson leaves behind his daughter Frieda, son William and life partner Nicole Vandenbroucke, as well as many members of the hockey family who will miss him dearly.

It’s shocking news that arrives in Swiss ice hockey just before the start of the season. After a long period of suffering, Morgan Samuelson lost his battle: his heart stopped beating on Sunday evening. Samuelson died at home. Very early: The Swede, who lived in Switzerland for many years, was only 55 years old.

The rapid rise of the Swiss champion

Samuelsson grew up on Swedish soil and began his hockey career there, later playing in his home country for Luleå, Södertälje and AIK Stockholm. In 1996 he moved to Germany, where he signed first with Cologne Sharks and then with Weisswasser.

In 1999, now 31 years old, Samuelsson signed for HC Thurgau. Thanks to his excellent performance as a backup for HC Davos in the Spengler Cup, the striker caught the attention of the most important clubs and at the beginning of 2001 he moved to ZSC Lions.

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There he became a legend. In 2001, during extra time of the seventh final, away against HC Lugano, Samuelsson scored the goal of the championship with a stunning long-range volley. The goal became part of Swiss hockey legend.

He already knew from the moment of the shot that the ball would go into the goal, said Al-Shamali, who spoke fluent German, into our microphones. Thanks to his technical skills, Samuelsson has dazzled Zurich fans time and time again.

The following season, for example, he scored a stunning goal, again against Lugano, when he dribbled past all the opposition players three times and finally scored in stunning fashion.

Scorer of the decisive goal for 2:1, Morgan Samuelsson, right, and legendary goalkeeper Arie Solander of the ZSC Lions celebrate the title won after the last game of the NLA Ice Hockey Championship final against HC Lugano in Lugano.  Saturday, April 7, 2001 AD.
Scorer of the decisive goal for 2:1, Morgan Samuelsson, right, and legendary goalkeeper Arie Solander of the ZSC Lions celebrate the title won after the last game of the NLA Ice Hockey Championship final against HC Lugano in Lugano. Saturday, April 7, 2001 AD.

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With a lot of heart, charm and wit

However, Samuelsson repeatedly suffered from injuries, to the point where he ended his career in 2002. After that, he began his professional career as a coach. Sierre (for four years) and the SCRJ Lakers were his stops in Switzerland.

Since 2012, Samuelsson is no longer active as a coach, but has become known as an ice hockey expert here, at Teleclub, which is now blue Sport.

For years he was a personality appreciated by the entire editorial staff and was a great asset to the television station. Even in private life he was friends with many colleagues and was always available for spontaneous exchanges or banter.

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The entire company is in deep mourning and sends its deepest condolences to the family.

He leaves behind a partner and two children

With Samuelson’s passing, this world not only loses a legendary hockey player, but also a fun-loving, kind-hearted person who always did his best for others.

Morgan Samuelson has always been an entertaining but also profound interviewer. When his health was not good in recent years, he bore it courageously and fought. Until Sunday evening, his heart no longer wanted to know.

Samuelsson leaves behind his daughter, Frida, 31, his son, William, 25, and his life partner, ice hockey journalist Nicole Vandenbroucke, 47.

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